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Connecting the first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere

University of Melbourne PhD student Madeleine Zurowski with lead researcher Professor Elisabetta Barberio in the Stawell Underground Physics Lab. Image: Olivia Gumienny

AARNet, Australia’s national research and education network, connects scientific instruments and research facilities across Australia, extending the network infrastructure to new sites, such as the laboratory that is set to be the epicentre data matter research.

In August 2022, the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL), a cutting-edge research facility located near the town of Stawell in regional Victoria, Australia was officially unveiled to the world. The laboratory is situated about 230 kilometres northwest of Melbourne and is built in an old gold mine that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art underground research facility. SUPL is operated by a consortium of universities (University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide, Swinburne University, Australian National University) and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

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