The "Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso"

The Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso (LNGS) is a scientific research facility located in the Gran Sasso National Park in Italy. It is one of the world's largest underground research centers for astroparticle physics and hosts several international experiments.

An Introduction to the Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso

The “Laboratori Nazionale del Gran Sasso”, LNGS for short, is located in the Gran Sasso d’Italia near L’Aquila and is the largest underground laboratory that investigates elementary particles in the world. Unique conditions prevail in the three enormous research halls that were built in 1989: The 1,400m of rock towering above them “filter” and reduce interfering cosmic radiation so that experiments from the field of astrophysics, in particular, can be conducted. These require a minimum of background radiation.

On an area of several hectares outside the tunnel in the direction of L’Aquila, in the national park on the slopes of the Gran Sasso, there are further laboratory rooms, offices, workshops and the management of the laboratory. 

The research centre can be visited on a guided tour. However, registration times of up to three months are common.

In December 2012, a joint experiment with the sister facility CERN in Geneva and the help of the OPERA detector indicated that CERN neutrinos travel faster than light! Which would have been no less than a kind of wormhole or other kinds of shortcut through space. In the end, however, it turned out to be a trivial measurement error.

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