Aug 20 – 26, 2023
Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea
Asia/Seoul timezone

Physics Opportunities at a PIP-II Beam Dump Facility and Beyond

Aug 25, 2023, 5:42 PM
Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea

Natural Science Lecture Center (building-28), Seoul National University, Korea

Natural Science Lecture Center Seoul National University Building-28, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Oral WG5: Neutrinos Beyond PMNS parallel (room#302)


Jacob Zettlemoyer


The accelerator complex at Fermilab is currently undergoing improvements which will increase the available beam power to the complex and is known as Proton Improvement Plan-II (PIP-II). The PIP-II Linac is slated for operation near the end of this decade and will be the main proton driver for Fermilab experiments moving forward and provide the beam to LBNF/DUNE. However, the DUNE physics program requires only ~1% of the available protons provided by PIP-II. The Accelerator Complex Enhancement, or ACE, will provide further upgrades in the 2030s in the form of increased power to LBNF along with a replacement for the Fermilab Booster which could also include an accumulator ring. A workshop was recently held at Fermilab in order to explore the physics possible when PIP-II is coupled with a fixed target or beam dump. The beam dump scenario provides an exciting opportunity to search for dark sector physics across detector threshold energy scales with examples being accelerator-produced dark matter, active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations, millicharged particles, and axion-like particles, which can be produced in the proton collisions with a fixed target. Additionally, experiments located at a PIP-II facility that is coupled to an accumulator ring would also be able to study coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering, or CEvNS. In this talk, I will summarize the physics possible at a PIP-II beam dump facility and sensitivities to different dark sector physics and other beyond the Standard Model searches with detector concepts spanning from an eV-scale to MeV-scale detection threshold.

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