Thinking Small

Andrea Smith takes a look at JUNO and China’s push into particle physics

In the field of science and technology, China has consistently trailed the developed world for the past 50 years. With the proposed Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO), expected to be completed in 2019, however, it seems China is ready to take steps to get ahead, at least in the field of particle physics.

Particle physics, the study of the properties of and interactions among subatomic particles, is truly on the cutting edge of scientific research. Its objects of study are hard to observe, incredibly small, and seem to behave differently than “everyday” matter. The implications of understanding their behavior could be significant for understanding the way the universe works. For this reason, particle physics experiments currently tend to attract large investments and great minds.

JUNO is not China’s first voyage into the realm of nature’s most basic particles, but is representative of a step in the scaling-up direction. China’s previous experience with particle physics most notably includes the recently constructed PandaX Dark Matter Detector, and the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, which started collecting data in 2011. JUNO will be a continuation of the Daya Bay project. Its —> Read More Here


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