Particle Physics Seminar

"The Very Low-Energy Neutrino Factory (VLENF)"

Presented by Alan Bross, Fermilab

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 3:00 pm — Small Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

The results of LSND and MiniBooNE, along with the recent papers on a possible reactor neutrino flux anomaly, give tantalizing hints of new physics. Models beyond the SM have been developed to explain these results and involve one or more additional neutrinos that are non-interacting or “sterile." Neutrino beams produced from the decay of muons in a racetrack-like decay ring provide a powerful way to study this potential new physics. In this talk, I will describe the facility, the Very-Low Energy Neutrino Factory (VLENF), and an appropriate far detector for neutrino oscillation searches at short baseline. I will present sensitivity plots that indicated that this experimental approach can provide over 5  confirmation or rejection of the LSND/MinBooNE results. In addition I will explain how the facility can be used to make neutrino interaction cross section measurements important to the next generation of long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. Finally, I will show how the facility could evolve in the future to support additional physics programs.

Hosted by: Marc-Andre Pleier

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