Technology highlights and capabilities

Led by a team of world-class scientists and engineers, DUNE’s design provides cutting-edge capabilities and features to uncover the mysteries of the universe.  Here is what makes DUNE unique:

World’s most intense neutrino beam

More neutrinos in the beam from Fermilab means DUNE can record more neutrino interactions in the near and far detectors. This increases the precision of the DUNE measurements and the potential for our discovery of new phenomena.

Neutrino beam with broad energy spectrum

Observing how neutrinos with different energies oscillate and interact with matter provides us new insights into the nature of these particles and has the potential to lead to unexpected discoveries.

Greatest distance between source and detector for lab-made neutrinos

Longer travel distance through the matter in the earth – 1,300 kilometers from Illinois to South Dakota – allows for the unambiguous determination of how matter affects neutrino oscillations, enhancing our understanding of the role neutrinos play in the universe.

Gigantic far detector

DUNE’s massive far detector comprises four 17,000-ton modules. This enables the observation of as many neutrinos as possible, whether from Fermilab’s accelerators, a supernova or other sources.

Deep underground

Superior shielding of the far detector from cosmic radiation through a 1.5-kilometer-deep underground location allows us to more clearly identify signals coming from neutrinos and other subatomic phenomena.

Superb images of particle interactions with liquid-argon technology

Exquisite images of particle interactions allow us to look for hard-to-observe phenomena and measure particle properties with unprecedented precision for a neutrino experiment. DUNE’s unique sensitivity to electron neutrinos enables us to explore the nature of supernovae in greater detail.

Movable near detector with state-of-the-art particle detection technology

 The DUNE near detector enables us not only to examine neutrinos but also to search for new particles and subatomic phenomena that could revolutionize our understanding of particle physics. Parts of the detector can move along tracks to probe in great detail the broad energy range of the particle beam. Novel detector technologies and the magnetic field allow us to determine particle energies with great precision and differentiate between matter and antimatter particles.

World’s largest neutrino research collaboration

More than 1,400 scientists and engineers from over 200 institutions in more than 35 countries are bringing their expertise and ingenuity to DUNE. Together they are making this groundbreaking scientific experiment a reality.