Particle Physics Seminar
"Neutrino oscillation searches, nuclear safeguards, and advanced detector development with reactor antineutrinos"
Presented by Karsten Heeger, University of Wisconsin
Friday, March 29, 2013, 3:30 pm
Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510
Hosted by: David Jaffe
Reactors are a flavor-pure source of electron antineutrinos and have played an important role throughout the history of neutrino physics. From the first observation of the neutrino to the recent observations of electron antineutrino disappearance, reactor antineutrinos have enabled the study of neutrino properties. Anomalous results from several experiments have raised questions about our understanding of the flux and spectrum of antineutrinos from reactors. US research reactors with highly-enriched fuel and compact cores provide a unique opportunity to make a precision measurement of the reactor antineutrino spectrum and probe new physics through the search for short-baseline oscillations at distances of O(10m). Antineutrino detection near reactors poses unique challenges for background rejection, and the detector technology has applications in reactor monitoring, nuclear safeguards, and beyond.