Vision for construction of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at the Homestate Site

April 27, 2010

The Library will be hosting this video-conference on Wednesday, April 28th starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 105.

The National Science Foundation has recently funded the development of preliminary designs for a new Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, SD (see with a planned construction start in late 2012. Through efforts by the State of South Dakota and philanthropic support, the Homestake site has been reopened as the Sanford Laboratory ( to support early science activities and to prepare Homestake for the construction of a DUSEL.

In this session, through video we will present the vision for the construction of a DUSEL at the Homestake site. We will report progress made to date through the early science activities of the Sanford Laboratory including high-performance networking in extreme environments underground to provide real-time access to underground science to the world. A live videoconference to the 4,850-foot level of the Sanford Laboratory is planned to provide a rare opportunity to view Homestake as it is evolving into a new national deep underground science facility. The presentation will also discuss how the project leaders hope to coordinate /collaborate with the Internet2 community to ensure research sites are ready for the DUSEL data in the coming years.