Dr Anthony Noble is a Professor of Physics at Queen’s University. He joined Queen’s as a Canada Research Chair in astroparticle physics in 2002. He was the first Director of operations for the new SNOLAB International Facility for Underground Physics, and then became the Director of the SNOLAB Institute. Since joining the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project in 1994 his main research interest has been in the field of astroparticle physics. The SNO experiment resolved the thirty year old “solar neutrino problem” and in the process discovered some unusual properties of neutrinos that led to a new understanding of the formation and evolution of structure in the Universe.
With the completion of SNO his interests have been focused on dark matter experiments and he is participating in the DEAP-3600 liquid argon experiment, and the PICASSO & PICO Dark Matter experiments using superheated fluids. These experiments aim to detect the mysterious dark matter that appears to dominate the matter budget of the Universe, but which has never been directly observed on Earth. He has also performed numerous accelerator based experiments at TRIUMF, Brookhaven and CERN and he spent a sabbatical year working on the ANTARES high energy neutrino telescope located on the Mediterranean seabed.
Dr. Noble obtained a B.Sc. in Physics & Math from UNB, and an MSc and PhD (1990) in particle physics from UBC. He then worked at CERN as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zürich before accepting research scientist positions at the Centre for Research in Particle Physics in Ottawa and TRIUMF. In 2002 he moved to Queen’s University as a Canada Research Chair, and has been working with the astroparticle physics group there to develop a world class research team focused on the activities at SNOLAB.