8-13 August 2011
Rhode Island Convention Center
US/Eastern timezone

NOvA: Present and Future

Aug 9, 2011, 4:40 PM
550 (Rhode Island Convention Center)


Rhode Island Convention Center

Parallel contribution Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Dr Gavin Davies (Iowa State University)


NOvA is a next generation neutrino oscillation experiment designed to search for muon neutrino to electron neutrino oscillations by comparing electron neutrino event rates in a Near Detector at Fermilab with the rates observed in a large Far Detector at Ash River, Minnesota, 810 km from Fermilab. The detectors are totally active, segmented, liquid scintillator and the Near Detector is located 14 mrad o the NuMI beam axis. The Far Detector has begun construction and will begin taking data in early 2013. The experiment aims to measure the neutrino mixing angle theta_13 and will push the search for electron neutrino appearance beyond the current limits by more than an order of magnitude. For non-zero theta_13, it is possible for NOvA to observe CP violation in neutrinos and establish the neutrino mass hierarchy. The NOvA prototype near detector on the surface (NDOS) began running at Fermilab in November and registered its first neutrinos from the NuMI beam in December 2010. An overview and current status of the experiment will be presented.

Primary author

Dr Gavin Davies (Iowa State University)

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