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Sanford Research Lab Studies
Researchers begin study of how universe works
News Staff - July 13, 2017

LEAD, S.D. - Nuclear astrophysicists, have successfully created the first low-energy particle accelerator beam underground in the United States, bringing them closer to understanding how the elements of our universe are built.

The 50-foot low-energy particle accelerator was assembled 4,850 feet underground in 2015 at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D.

The project is called CASPAR (Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research). CASPAR is designed to help answer questions like: How do stars produce energy? How do they work?

The project’s principal investigator is South Dakota School of Mines & Technology associate professor Frank Strieder.

Strieder is also working on CASPAR with a team from Notre Dame, other researchers from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the Colorado School of Mines.

With operations underway, the team plans to begin data collection in the fall.



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