Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre

Visitor Centre Exhibits

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New Eyes on the Universe | Jan 15 - Mar 29 2018

Visitor Centre

Our Visitor Centre is located in Stirling Hall on the Queen's University Main Campus in Room 302. Find contact information for the department and directions here.

Past Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

New Eyes on the Universe

See how the basic laws of particle physics were redefined in New Eyes on the Universe, a special exhibit featuring the discoveries of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), the recognition of this work with a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2015 for SNO Director, Dr. Arthur McDonald, and the facilities and experiments of SNOLAB.

In this display, spectacular images of the history and development of SNO and SNOLAB are presented on some 40 panels. Video kiosks let visitors explore themes and offer a virtual tour of SNOLAB. A life-size “Virtual Art” presents information from Dr. Arthur McDonald about the work of SNO and SNOLAB and his perspective on the future. A diffusion cloud chamber also allows the public to see particle tracts in real time, making the invisible visible.

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Arthur McDonald and Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita is featured through images from Nobel Week in Stockholm and a display of the Nobel Medal, citation and artwork. Exhibit artifacts include unique detector components developed especially for SNO, as well as a scale model of the SNO detector. A SNO and SNOLAB people station shares interviews with young scientists who started their scientific careers with SNO.

The New Eyes on the Universe exhibit is owned and circulated by SNOLAB. The SNOLAB Institute is operated under a Trust agreement between Queen’s University, University of Alberta, Carleton University, Laurentian University, Université de Montréal and Vale, and includes external and international membership from both academic and industrial sectors.