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DUSEL Experiment and Development Coordination (DEDC)


The DUSEL Experiment Development Coordinators (DEDC) was formed to address the development of the Initial Suite of Experiments (ISE) to be included in the NSF’s MREFC proposal for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). DUSEL is a facility that will house a large and varied portfolio of experiments for scientists in physics, biology, geosciences and the engineering communities. The DEDC is charged with coordinating the development of the superset of ISE candidate experiments in their respective disciplines, and helping to bring them to the most advanced state of maturity possible in the available time in order to optimize their strategy for development, so they may be best positioned for consideration in the ISE.

The DEDC comprises three representatives of the particle physics and astrophysics community (Steve Elliott, Daniela Leitner and Hank Sobel) and one each from the biology (Tullis C. Onstott), geoscience (Larry Murdoch) and engineering (Derek Elsworth) communities.

The DEDC will:

  • Develop the framework for the initial suite of experiments (ISEs) consistent with the community-driven efforts reported in the S-1 and other plans, and consistent with the capabilities of the proposed facility.
  • Coordinate the activities of the community in defining the portfolio of ISEs and in completing the necessary design and evaluation of experiments to ensure safe and successful operation within a DUSEL.
  • Liaise between the scientific community and both NSF and the Homestake design team to ensure on-schedule development for the ISEs’ plans and for the timely completion of an MREFC application.

These objectives will be met through a series of workshops and meetings. The ultimate objective is the timely completion of an MREFC application and the resulting successful funding and development of a long-term multi-user facility developed at optimal cost and schedule that will serve the physics, biology, geosciences and engineering communities.

The DEDC has organized the community in working groups around ISEs or logical groupings of experiments towards developing a compelling science plan for DUSEL. The working groups led by scientists in the respective fields will develop detailed science and engineering plans for experiments to reach readiness for an MREFC application in December 2009, and subsequent implementation in 2012.

DUSEL Experiment Development Coordinators (DEDC)
Steve Elliott Los Alamos National Laboratory
Derek Elsworth Penn State University
Larry Murdoch Clemson University
Tullis C. Onstott Princeton University
Daniela Leitner Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Hank Sobel University of California, Irvine


Documents from the National Science Foundation and DOE Visit.

March 19-21, 2008

Facility Overview Handout
DUSEL Experiment and Development Coordination Desciption
Kevin T. Lesko, Bill Roggenthen
Steve Elliott
Hank Sobel
Derek Elsworth, Tullis C. Onstott, Larry Murdoch
Tullis C. Onstott
Derek Elsworth


Credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation

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