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

Presented by: Michael Mooney, Colorado State University

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.

Coffee, tea, and cookies will be available starting at 3:45 p.m., in DUAN G1B31.

Wednesday, January 16 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Duane Physics and Astrophysics, G1B20
2000 Colorado Avenue, Boulder, CO 80309

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