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Unleashing Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers for Neutrino Physics: MicroBooNE, SBN, and DUNE

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Michael Mooney

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Colorado State University
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

The neutrino is the most abundant massive particle in our universe, originating from the Sun, the Earth’s core and atmosphere, supernovae, the Big Bang, and man-made sources such as nuclear reactors and particle accelerators. Despite its omnipresence, it remains the least understood known fundamental particle due to its weak interactions with other particles (and thus particle detectors). One promising detector technology that can be used to study the neutrino in great detail is the liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC), an imaging detector that can be used to "photograph" neutrino-nucleus interaction events. Three LArTPC neutrino experiments in the US, MicroBooNE (Micro Booster Neutrino Experiment), the SBN (Short-Baseline Neutrino) Program, and DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) are discussed, including the status of each experiment and recent results.

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