22-29 July 2015
Europe/Vienna timezone

The NOvA Experiment

Jul 23, 2015, 10:45 AM
15m
HS7

HS7

talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics

Speaker

Alec Habig (University of Minnesota)

Description

NOvA is an off-axis long-baseline neutrino experiment, looking for $\nu_e$ appearance in an upgraded NuMI beam of $\nu_\mu$ to precisely measure the recently discovered $\theta_{13}$ acting in subdominant $\nu_\mu\rightarrow\nu_e$ transitions. As an appearance experiment, NOvA might also be sensitive to CP-violating $\delta$ and the neutrino mass hierarchy. To maximize sensitivity to the resulting $\sim$GeV electromagnetic showers, the 14~kton Far Detector is ``totally active'', comprised of liquid scintillator contained in 15.7~m long extruded PVC cells, with the scintillation light piped out in wavelength shifting fibers then digitized by avalanche photodiodes. Both near and far detectors were fully completed last fall and have been taking ever more intense NuMI beam data. This talk will highlight progress towards the first NOvA results.

Primary author

Alec Habig (University of Minnesota)

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