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Construction II

We were interrupted for a short while this morning by a fire alarm in which we all experienced the famous Manchester rain. Damp Manchester, I am reliably informed, is the reason for the cotton industry being based here as it kept the cotton moist. After getting back in the dry I get into the Super K pool, wading further and further into the centre hanging balloons.

Lunch time now and we have installed half of the balloons (PMTs) in the Super K Sonic Booooum tunnel! We string them together and then hang them on the wire support structure. We have a production chain Balloons – > Strings -> Tunnel and it is working like clock work, we hope to finish the tunnel by the end of the day.

It is looking so good and, as a famous particle physicist once sung, things can only get better.

Dr Ben Still

Construction I

I arrived in an unusually dry Manchester today carrying my box of 50 Tyvek suits and rucksack of clothes for my 2 weeks on the road. I entered the John Dalton building at MMU, where Super K Sonic Booooum is being installed, and was amazed at how far the construction had developed.

The water pool and boat rails were in place and the net tunnel constructed in three days of hard work and the technical talents of Andrea Salazar, Lee Jones and Hugo Sterk. After a quick video conference meeting I spent the rest of the afternoon with a group of brilliant volunteers who helped us blow up 800 balloons (PMTs ;-) ) today, thank you all!

The first 5 strands of balloons have been fixed to the net tunnel as the installation takes shape. We now wait on crucial supplies of tape before we continue with the hanging of the other balloons. Tomorrow promises to be very busy with 200 more balloons arriving and almost all 1000 to be strung and hung.

It is certainly a change to a day in the office programming at my desk.

Dr Ben Still

Super K Sonic BOOOOum 1

On Super K Sonic Boooum 1

“Incredible, impossible to describe”

Jack, 23, London

Professor Dave Wark, Professor of Physics, Department of High Energy Physics, Imperial College, London

“Nelly’s installation produces the most direct connection between scientists and the public I have ever experienced.  It is tremendous fun for the scientists involved, and the people who have visited clearly have a great time as well.  I couldn’t have believed that she could have made so many people excited about neutrino physics, but she has!”