Underground particle physics pic wins Photowalk prize

February 16 / 174

Mark Kilmer's award winning photo of particle physics research in the Stawell underground mine
Mark Kilmer's award winning photo of particle physics research in the Stawell underground mine

A photograph of a Melbourne scientist taken one kilometre below ground in the Stawell Underground Physics Lab (SUPL) has come second in the 2015 InterActions Physics Photowalk competition.

The Photowalk Competition allows amateur and professional photographers to go behind-the-scenes each year at eight of the world’s leading particle physics laboratories.

The Stawell lab, which brings together research collaboration from several leading Australian research organisations including the University of Melbourne through the Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP), was included for the first time this year, ‘competing’ with labs including CERN in Geneva, Japan’s KEK and Chicago’s Fermilab.

Mark Killmer’s prizewinning photograph featured Melbourne physicist Dr Phillip Urquijo working at the temporary laboratory set up in the Stawell Gold Mine.

Professor Elisabetta Barberio, who leads the SUPL Project and is Chief Investigator of CoEPP says the pics from the Photowalk show how a laboratory is, in its very early stage.

“It’s great to see these images alongside photos from laboratories that have been around for years,” she says.

SUPL, currently under construction, will be the only lab of its kind in Australia and is set to house the first ever direct-detection dark matter experiment in the southern hemisphere.

Read more about the SUPL in 3010, the University’s Alumni Magazine here

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