Actually a tunnel with a vault. Los Alamos has a number of "technical areas" that really aren't all that isolated. Some you can drive right up to.
Down in a remote canyon near Los Alamos National Laboratory lies a facility known as the "Tunnel Vault," once one of the most secret and secure
locations in the United States, it's the original post-WWII nuclear stockpile storage area. Located in Los Alamos canyon at Technical Area 41, the
Tunnel Vault was built between 1948 and 1949. The facility has a formidable security perimeter, a hardened guard tower — complete with gun ports and
bulletproof glass — and a series of gates and doors that lead to a 230-foot long concrete tunnel that goes straight into the canyon wall. At the end
of the tunnel is a large alcove room with a single bank vault door. Through that door is a vault built inside a vault with five storage areas, all
protected with identical bank vault doors. Over the years the Tunnel Vault was also used as a nuclear materials and nuclear fuel storage area, a
weapons research and development laboratory, weapons components storage, and nuclear material assembly for tests both in the Pacific and in Nevada.
About halfway down the tunnel is a side room that was used for early development of unclassified research that led to the discovery of the solar
neutrino — work that later won a Nobel Prize in physics — a lab space ideal for the work because it's buried 300-feet deep
edit on 10-9-2013 by gariac because: (no reason given)
I don't know the exact details of how this room fit into Project Poltergeist, but that was the hunt for the neutrino. The BBC has a video on this:
This is a typical BBC style you either love or hate. They mix in all sort of extraneous stuff to turn down the geek level. I tolerate it, but prefer
The basic story for the hunt for the neutrino is a good one. Hey, the video could be worse. It could have Bob Lazar in it. The time period to complete
the discovery is about 30 years. It seems like about every 5 years you would read about some particle physics gurus getting a grant and doing some
experiment in a cave or mine to solve the missing neutrino problem.
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