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CHIPS : Cherenkov Detectors in Mine PitS in the FNAL Neutrino Beams

September 30, 2013 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Presenter 
Jenny Thomas, University College London
Location 
Building 362, Room F108
Type 
Seminar
Series 
Abstract:
The FNAL neutrino program stands to be the world's leading facility for the study of neutrino oscillations for the next 30 years. FNAL produces the most powerful neutrino beam presently at NuMI and has two experiments presently benefitting from the produced neutrinos. Allowing experimenters a seamless access to neutrinos from NuMI and then from LBNE opens up a number of options for further exploitation of the NuMI beam while LBNE is being planned and build which would produce world leading results in the interim. CHIPS is a plan for a very large water Cherenkov detector to be deployed in a flooded mine quarry in Minnesota which intersects the NuMI beam at an off-axis angle of 7mr. Its physics reach is complementary to that of NOVA. It would take data until LBNE came online when it would be redeployed in the LBNE beam at a large off-axis angle to study the 2nd oscillation maximum and again provide complementary information to the Liquid Argon detector planned for on-axis, underground position.