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June 15, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY: UW physicists to discuss first results from Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

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University of Washington researchers on Monday will discuss the first scientific results from Canada’s Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) — findings that will bolster the understanding of neutrinos from the sun, of the sun itself and of the effect of neutrinos on the evolution of the universe.

The presentation, led by R.G. Hamish Robertson, scientific director of the UW’s Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Room A102 of the Physics-Astronomy Building on the UW campus.

The discussion by Robertson and his colleagues follows the official presentation of the findings Monday morning at the annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists, held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The work has been conducted for the last 11 years by nearly 100 scientists from universities and national laboratories in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Additional information about the conference presentations, the SNO laboratory, the neutrino measurements being made and the participating institutions can be found at www.sno.phy.queensu.ca.

Video footage/photos of SNO can be obtained in advance of the news release date by contacting media relations officer Paul De la Riva at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, (705) 675-1151, extension 3406.

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For more information, contact Robertson at (206) 616-2745 or rghr@u.washington.edu