Posted July 2, 2009
Nuclear Physics

Queen’s joins national nuclear physics laboratory

Kingston - Queen’s University becomes a full member of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, on July 1. Moving from associate to full membership will enhance university research programs on a national and international scale, and support key initiatives such as SNOLAB, the international underground research facility that evolved from the Queen’s-led Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO).

SNOLAB scientists investigate the dark matter particles that make up our universe, in a laboratory two kilometres underground. “Queen’s has valued its partnership with TRIUMF over the years on a number of key topics,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe. “We welcome this new opportunity to help set the direction of the laboratory.” Noting that the TRIUMF laboratory is an extremely important part of the sub-atomic physics community in Canada, Queen’s Physics professor and Director of the SNO Institute, Art McDonald, says, “The expertise provided by TRIUMF scientists and technical staff has been and continues to be essential for the success of SNOLAB.

We are very pleased to continue this partnership with Queen's as a full member of TRIUMF.” TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of 15 Canadian universities. Through multiple research partnerships, Queen’s has contributed to successes in studies of nuclear astrophysics, heavy nuclei structure, and neutrino physics. In turn, TRIUMF talents and resources have been and will continue to be an essential component of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory: SNO/SNOLAB, which is the highest priority for Queen’s in the physical sciences. “We are thrilled to welcome Queen’s University as a full member of the TRIUMF consortium and look forward to their contribution to future strategic decisions and collaborations,” says Feridun Hamdullahpur, Chair of TRIUMF’s Board of Management. “As one of the leading research universities in Canada, Queen’s will play a major role in guiding the laboratory and in continuing to raise the profile of Canadian science internationally.”

TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. Physically located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia, TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of the following Canadian universities, via a contribution through National Research Council Canada and supported by the Province of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, Carleton University, University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, McMaster University, l’Université de Montréal, Queen’s University, University of Regina, Saint Mary’s University, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, York University, University of Victoria. Contacts: Stephanie Earp, 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or Nancy Dorrance, 613.533.2869, Queen’s News and Media Services Attention broadcasters: Queen’s has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston via fibre optic cable.

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