SNOLAB Virtual Backgrounds

With so many people working from home and participating in remote meetings, we are sharing some virtual backgrounds with a little SNOLAB flavour. We wanted to give people the chance to work from SNOLAB for the day. Check out different locations throughout the underground lab, including a few experiments!

If you're not taking part in virtual meetings these days, you can also use the images below to update your wallpaper on your computer or device. Click on the thumbnail and high resolution image will open. Save the image to your computer or device. These images are sized for Zoom virtual backgrounds. 

Instructions for adding a virtual background

Need help adding a virtual background to your next virtual meeting? Find step by step instructions here for adding your own virtual background to Zoom.

If you are using Microsoft Teams, follow these steps to add your own custom backgrounds. 

  • Type the command below into your computer search function, changing "USERNAME" to your own username, if applicable.
  • Drag your desired photos into the Finder window that pops up.
  • Your custom photos will now be available during your next Teams meeting under "Background effects".

For Mac users:

  • /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads 

For PC users: 

  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads

 

 

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Material storage drift at SNOLAB

This quiet area is perfect for your next meeting. An area of the lab where the shotcrete on the walls has not been troweled which provides great sound quality. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

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The DEAP-3600 experiment 

Travel right inside the shielding tank for DEAP-3600, a large-scale dark matter experiment at SNOLAB filled with liquid argon. It may be a bit chilly but well worth the ambiance. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

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The SNO+ experiment 

Wow your meeting attendees surrounded by over 9000 special light sensors called photomultiplier tubes. Just behind you is a 12 metre pure acrylic vessel. 

 

Photo by the SNO+ Collaboration.

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The HALO experiment

How about a supernova detector for your next backdrop? HALO is part of a global network that detects the neutrinos from a supernova before the light becomes visible. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley. 

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An experimental hall at SNOLAB 

The lighting is great in this hallway and there are lots of outlets to plug your devices into. You will be surrounded by a number of small experiments but it shouldn’t be too noisy. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley. 

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The ladder labs

Looking for a minimalist background? This corner in the Ladder Labs really highlights the smooth curvature of the white walls and the contrasting blue ventilation piping. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

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The SuperCDMS and CUTE experiments 

It may be a bit noisy in this area but it’s nothing you can’t overcome with headphones and a mic. It is well worth the views of the SuperCDMS construction and the Cryogenic Underground Test Facility. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

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A hallway at SNOLAB

This is a thoroughfare to many places in the new section of SNOLAB. It will be the go-to location for those who love well organized cables and tidy infrastructure. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley

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The laboratory entrance

Whether you are arriving to or leaving the lab, you will want to stay alert for mobile equipment in the double track area. Heads up, it can get a bit noisy out here! 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

 

A special edition of virtual backgrounds for Pride Month

We've created a special edition of SNOLAB virtual backgrounds to help people celebrate and to raise awareness for Pride Month. The backgrounds make use of the original the rainbow Pride flag created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker, the More Color More Pride rainbow flag created by the city of Philadelphia in 2017, and the Progress flag created by Daniel Quasar.

The More Color More Pride rainbow flag was created with the addition of brown and black stripes to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ people of colour. The Progress flag reimagines the 2017 flag to place the colours representing trans and queer people of colour in a chevron shape to show forward movement, while acknowledging that there is still progress to be made.

 

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Material storage drift at SNOLAB

This quiet area is perfect for your next meeting. An area of the lab where the shotcrete on the walls has not been troweled which provides great sound quality. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

“Progress" Pride Flag by Daniel Quasar.

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The DEAP-3600 experiment 

Travel right inside the shielding tank for DEAP-3600, a large-scale dark matter experiment at SNOLAB filled with liquid argon. It may be a bit chilly but well worth the ambiance. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

Original pride flag by Gilbert Baker.

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The SuperCDMS and CUTE experiments 

It may be a bit noisy in this area but it’s nothing you can’t overcome with headphones and a mic. It is well worth the views of the SuperCDMS construction and the Cryogenic Underground Test Facility. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

"More Color More Pride" by the city of Philadelphia, 2017. 

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A hallway at SNOLAB

This is a thoroughfare to many places in the new section of SNOLAB. It will be the go-to location for those who love well organized cables and tidy infrastructure. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

Original pride flag by Gilbert Baker.

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The ladder labs

Looking for a minimalist background? This corner in the Ladder Labs really highlights the smooth curvature of the white walls and the contrasting blue ventilation piping. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

“Progress” Pride Flag by Daniel Quasar.

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The ladder labs

Looking for a minimalist background? This corner in the Ladder Labs really highlights the smooth curvature of the white walls and the contrasting blue ventilation piping. 

 

Photo by Gerry Kingsley.

"More Color More Pride" by the city of Philadelphia, 2017.