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Arthur B. McDonald Particle physicist

The addition of Tellurium to the scintillator in the newly configured SNO+ detector should also allow the study of neutrinoless double beta decay, giving important insights into whether neutrinos serve as their own antiparticles and perhaps providing a measure of the absolute mass of neutrinos. McDonald also is participating in the DEAP-3600 experiment, a new Argon-based dark matter detector to be constructed in SNOLAB that is predicted to be ten times more sensitive than current measurements.


Companion of the Order of Canada, 2016.

Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2015.

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental (with the SNO Collaboration), 2016.

Officer of the Order of Canada, 2006.

Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, 2003.

Fellow of the Royal Society of London, 1997.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1997.

Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1983.

Relevant Publications

Q.R. Ahmad et al, "Direct evidence for neutrino flavor transformation from neutral-current interactions in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory," Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 011301, Jun. 2002.



Associate Fellow Gravity & the Extreme Universe


Queen's UniversityDepartment of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy


PhD (Physics) California Institute of Technology

MA (Physics) Dalhousie University



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2016 Breakthrough Prize awarded to neutrino research

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CIFAR fellow shares 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

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