The nine members of the 2013 Davis-Bahcall Scholarship class visited the Davis Campus on the 4850 Level last week. In the photo at right, taken on the top deck of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment, the scholars seem to be signaling that LUX is the world’s number one dark matter detector. That might be true, but for this year’s Davis-Bahcall class, this common digital salute has an uncommon, and rather specific, meaning: “For science!”
- On Sept. 11, 2000, Barrick Gold Corporation announced it would close the Homestake gold mine in Lead, S.D., the following year. Within two weeks, physicists were proposing to convert the giant gold mine into a deep underground laboratory. They knew about Homestake because of Ray Davis Jr., an unassuming nuclear chemist from Brookhaven National Laboratory whose breakthrough solar neutrino experiment at Homestake already had changed physics forever.