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Ray Davis, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2002, takes a swim in the Homestake mine, circa 1971. (Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Ray Davis heralded as neutrino pioneer

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A tank filled with 100,000 gallons of dry-cleaning fluid and tucked into a corner of Lead's Homestake gold mine for two-and-a-half decades was the forerunner to the science now blossoming at the underground research facility.


The experiment designed by Ray Davis Jr. detected neutrinos from the sun, although only at a third the rate scientists had predicted.

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