Nuclear Particle Astrophysics (NPA) Seminar: Thomas Kutter, Louisiana State University, “The ProtoDUNE detector and charged particle beam measurement program at CERN”

Event time: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wright Lab, 210 Conference Room (WL210) See map
272 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) will use a large liquid argon (LAr) detector to measure the CP violating phase, determine the neutrino mass hierarchy and perform precision tests of the three-flavor paradigm in long-baseline neutrino oscillations. The detector will consist of four modules each with a fiducial mass of 10 kt of LAr and due to its unprecedented size will allow sensitive searches for proton decay and the detection of electron neutrinos from core collapse supernovae.

The first 10 kt module will use single-phase LAr detection technique and be itself modular in design. We are constructing and plan to operate a single-phase LAr prototype detector (protoDUNE) with an active (total) LAr detector mass of 400 t (700 t) at CERN by 2018. The protoDUNE detector components will be identical to what is foreseen for the first 10 kt DUNE detector module and serve as an important engineering milestone.

A charged particle beam with energies in the sub-GeV to few Gev energy range will be directed at protoDUNE. This well characterized charged particle beam allows for critical calibration measurements and is expected to provide invaluable data sets to quantify and reduce systematic detector uncertainties for DUNE.

I will present an overview of the protoDUNE single-phase LAr detector and the anticipated measurement program.

Lunch will be served from 12–1 in WL/EAL-108.
RSVP (for lunch) required: