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kISMET taps into vast heat resources

August 2, 2016

On the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab, scientists with kISMET (permeability (k) and Induced Seismicity Management for Energy Technologies) drilled and cored five 50-meter deep boreholes. Led by Curtis Oldenburg and Patrick Dobson of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the team is trying to better understand the relationship between the rock fabric and fracturing as a way to tap into and use the earth’s heat as an energy resource.

Study improves blasting designs

August 1, 2016

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE) will include constructing facilities above and below ground at Sanford Lab in Lead, S.D., and Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. But it is on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab that construction could have the greatest impact on current experiments. 

Beamline requires precision measurements

August 2, 2016

Scientists with the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) hope to shed light on the mysteries of the elusive neutrino. So they’ll aim a beam of neutrinos straight through the earth from Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., to detectors on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab in Lead, S.D. To get the best signal, the center of the beam needs to hit the detectors head on—and that’s where things get a little tricky.