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US Deep Underground Laboratories. Homestake (future DUSEL site). Soudan. Kimballton. WIPP. The Kimballton site: 30 minutes from Virginia Tech largest research university in Virginia (28,000 students)

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US Deep Underground Laboratories

Homestake

(future DUSEL site)

Soudan

Kimballton

WIPP

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The Kimballton site:

  • 30 minutes from Virginia Tech
  • largest research university in Virginia (28,000 students)
  • technical infrastructure and academic environment in the immediate vicinity of laboratory is unique
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Current maximum depth of mine – 2300’ (~1900 mwe assuming limestone)

  • over 50 miles of stopes
  • 700 kton of high-grade limestone removed per year (~7 Gran Sasso Hall C’s/yr)
  • Current facility at 1700’ (~1450 mwe)
  • low U/Th in rock, and low Rn levels due to high air-flow
  • relatively impermeable limestone results in a ‘dry location’

KURF

~ 1 mile

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Drive-in Access:

Width 42’ (12.8 meters)

Height 26’ – 105’ (8 – 32 m)

Potential space is HUGE

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100’ x 36’ x 20’ (high)HEPA filtered airchange/visitor roomlocal LN2, power, internet, etc.room for 7 + connex ‘lab modules’

possible muon coincidence detector

building 90% complete

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Typical Laboratory Module

    • internal clean-roomRn reduced detector housinglocal shielding from rocks
  • Currently
    • NIST ‘Melissa’ HPGe detectorVT-1 Ortec low-background detectorpartner use of NRL-1 (in Gran Sasso)
  • Funded Phase I DUSEL R&D
    • lab-scale Rn reductionICPMS –vs – radioassaymaterial screening
  • Phase II DUSEL R&D (expected proposal)
    • two commercial screening detectorsduplicate NRL-1 (GEMPI design)

KURF provides an excellent location for detector development and materials screening for DUSEL R&D, and is available this year.