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Optimization of argon Purifiction, regeneration and condensation procedures for large scale facilities

Grant number: 20/01609-2
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Pascoal Jose Giglio Pagliuso
Grantee:Pascoal Jose Giglio Pagliuso
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Cris Adriano ; Thiago Pedro Mayer Alegre

Abstract

This grant proposal is an integrated initiative between the academy and industry within São Paulo State in Brazil to tackle chagelling scientific and technological problems associated with mass production, purification and regeneration of liquid Argon (LAr) and related cryogenics in large scale facilities. Massive LAr cryogenics play a crucial role in the International Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) project, which provides the infrastructure for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) hosted by the U.S Department of Energy's Fermilab in Batavia-IL. This project is an international flagship study to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos, which are the are the most abundant matter particles in the universe, and even though they are all around us, we still know very little about them. It's by studying these neutrinos that scientists at LBNF/DUNE will be able to paint a clearer picture of the universe and how it works. (AU)