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Gran Sasso National Laboratory

Description The Gran Sasso Laboratory is the largest underground laboratory for astroparticle physics in the world. Located in Italy between L’Aquila and Teramo - about 120 km far from Rome - the underground structures are on one side of the highway tunnel which crosses the Gran Sasso massif, and consist of three huge experimental halls (each one approximately 100 m long, 20 m large and 18 m high) linked by service tunnels, for a total volume of 180.000 m3 and a surface of 18.000 m2. The 1400 meter-rock thickness above provides a cosmic ray flux reduction by one million times. Outside, an area of more than 23 acres belonging to a National Park of Gran Sasso hosts the external laboratories and facilities, the Computing Centre, the Directorate and various Offices. The on site personnel of LNGS is of the order of 110 people; besides them, more than 950 scientists from 29 different Countries taking part in the LNGS experimental activities constitute its large international scientific community. The present activities of LNGS can be grouped into the following main lines of research: Dark matter searches, Neutrino physics, Nuclear Astrophysics, Associate Sciences including Environmental Radioactivity for Earth Sciences, Geophysics, Fundamental Physics, Biology.
URL http://www.lngs.infn.it/
Status Operational since 1987
Scientific Domains Environmental Sciences
Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization High Energy Physics Facilities
Location Assergi L'Aquila, 67010, Italy, Italy
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/15624