Alberto Lemut worked in underground experiments
Just four weeks ago, we watched a press conference of an experiment in South Dakota, LUX, whose precision and sophistication allowed it to exclude all the hints of a light dark matter particle suggested by other experiments. Some really good work is taking place in the Sanford Lab.
Sadly, that didn't guarantee that everyone in Lead, South Dakota was happy. The police and media revealed the name of a 37-old man who shot himself dead last Thursday. It was assistant professor Alberto Lemut.
He was an important investigator of the DIANA experiment who moved from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to the School of Mines and Technology in August 2013. The DIANA, or Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics, has been active for about four years and it has been relocated from California to South Dakota by itself. Its goal was to study nuclear reactions that take place in the stars.
In particular, Lemut served as the principal investigator of CASPAR, or Compact Accelerator [S]for Performing Astrophysical Research, also known as the DIANA Demonstrator, and he was called their "poster boy" by a boss.
He has received a degree in Italy where he has also worked in the Gran Sasso underground lab. This article is the most informative one.
My condolences to his colleagues and relatives.
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