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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
MicroBooNE: Unlocking the Secrets of the Neutrino with Liquid Argon Detector Technology
Date: Thursday, February 25th
Time: 2:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Matt Toups, MIT
Abstract: In the last several decades neutrino oscillation experiments have given us a consistent picture of neutrino mass and mixing among three neutrino flavors. However, a series of longstanding and more recent anomalies hint at the existence of additional “sterile” neutrino flavors and complicates this simple picture. In order to improve on previous short baseline sterile neutrino searches, new detector technologies are required. Liquid Argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) promise to have the sensitivity needed by current and next generation neutrino oscillation experiments looking for the appearance of electron-flavor neutrinos in a predominantly muon-flavored accelerator-based neutrino beam. MicroBooNE is the first of three LArTPC detectors planned for the newly re-established Short Baseline Neutrino program at Fermilab built to address the sterile neutrino hypothesis and to develop the technologies and expertise necessary to deploy a kiloton-scale LArTPC for future long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. First data from the MicroBooNE experiment will be presented along with future prospects for LArTPC technology in the US.
Host: Baha Balantekin
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