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Sudbury Neutrino Observatory wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics

One month after Queen’s University physicist Art McDonald won a Nobel Prize, the landmark neutrino experiment he headed up near Sudbury, Ont., has claimed a share of the world’s most lucrative science award.

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is one of five experiments named on Sunday as winners of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics. Dr. McDonald and his team will will split the $3-million prize with three experiments in Japan and one located in China. All the experiments are being recognized for results that collectively shed light on neutrinos, fleeting particles that are produced in nuclear reactions and that can easily pass through solid matter, making them extremely difficult to detect.

Read the full story in the Globe and Mail.
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I am an astrophysicist and the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute.  I hold the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics at Queen's University.