Description: Soudan 2 is an 1100-ton fine-grained tracking calorimeter now being constructed to search for nucleon decay. It is distinguished by superior background rejection for a wide variety of decay modes and by a trigger threshold low enough for 100 MeV neutrino-induced muons. A new laboratory large enough for an eventual 3300 ton experiment has been constructed in Minnesota's Soudan mine at a depth equivalent to 2200 meters of water. The detector will be assembled from 256 5-ton calorimeter modules, utilizing corrugated steel sheets and plastic drift tubes to obtain a rather isotropic honeycomb geometry. Data collection will begin in the fall of 1986 and assembly of the 1100 tons will be completed in 1988. Installation progress and the performance of the first 5-ton modules will be described. 3 refs., 1 fig.
Date: June 1, 1986
Creator: May, E.N.
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