The Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment: An Overview

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Dr Jianglai Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)


The phenomenon of neutrino flavor oscillations is now well‐established. Mixing among the three flavors is characterized by three mixing angles, with $\theta_{13}$ being the only presently unknown angle. A precise measurement of $\theta_{13}$ can be made by utilizing a powerful nuclear reactor as the anti‐neutrino source, going deep underground to reduce the background, and building "identical" near and far detectors to minimize the systematics. We are building such an experiment at the Daya Bay nuclear power plant in south China. This project, known as the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment, is making steady progress. The civil construction and the detector assembly are underway, and we expect to start data taking in the first near experimental hall this summer. In this talk, I will stress the physics motivation of such a measurement, introduce you to the world of making precise oscillation measurement with reactor neutrinos, and look into the near future of the Daya Bay experiment.

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Dr Jianglai Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

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