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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