The much-anticipated Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) is set to become the first lab in the southern hemisphere to conduct research into ‘dark matter’, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.
The laboratory will showcase to the world Victoria’s commitment to cutting-edge research as a globally significant particle physics laboratory.
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Dark matter comprises 85 per cent of the mass of the universe, but until now scientists have not seen it and the substance remains a mystery. This means laboratories like SUPL are all the more important as it will help solve questions that have the potential to change our understanding of the universe.
Australian and international researchers will work together to help solve these mysteries from inside the lab to be built one kilometre below ground. The rock will act to shield the research from naturally occurring particles from space, making this sensitive search for dark matter possible.
Remax Doors installed a Movidor Rapid Door in conjunction with the builders working on site; to provide segregation between the lab and the entrance area. The underground area has very specific requirements due to the nature of the research and the team at Remax Doors had a long drive to get from the top of the site to where the door was installed, we love a challenge where we are able to assist with and meet customer needs, no matter the environment!
The Victorian Government’s investment has been made possible thanks to the Regional Infrastructure Fund which is part of the flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and assists councils to deliver cultural initiatives of economic significance to the region.