Letter from SNOLAB Director Tony Noble to the Community

May 18, 2007

Dear Colleagues,

We will be holding a SNOLAB workshop in Sudbury on August 22nd and 23rd, 2007. There will also be an opportunity for tours on August 21st for those who wish to get underground to see the SNO detector (which is almost drained of heavy water at the moment) and the new SNOLAB facilities.

Great progress has been made on the construction phase of SNOLAB, with the main excavation of the phase-one ladder area and main hall now a few days away from completion. The installation of the infrastructure begins on June 1st.

The main goals of the workshop will be to discuss the scientific program, review the progress of experiments, discuss the infrastructure needs of the experiments, and make the initial assignment for space underground. It is my intent to leave the meeting with a significant fraction of the available space allocated to experiments so that we can move forward on getting several experiments operational in the new facility by early 2008. We will also want to have a clear picture of the infrastructure needs of the experiments so where possible, we can tailor the infrastructure installation to suit.

We will be providing many more details in the days to follow, but I wanted to send this message out now that the dates are fixed so that participants can begin to make their travel plans. We will be setting up a web site shortly that will contain the relevant information.

I will also be looking to expand/up-date the e-mail distribution list. Please let me know of any other potential participants that should be included on this distribution list. I apologize in advance if you receive multiple e-mails in the next day or two while we sort out the lists. I hope to have this list migrate into a SNOLAB users group e-mail distribution list. If you would like to be removed from this list, please also let me know. I have taken some historical lists from previous workshops, plus added the SNO and Picasso collaborations as I had them at hand and they are both active at SNOLAB now.

Best Regards,

Tony Noble,

SNOLAB Director