3-10 August 2016
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Search for highly-ionizing particles in the NOvA Far Detector

Aug 8, 2016, 6:30 PM
Riverwalk A/B

Riverwalk A/B

Poster Beyond the Standard Model Poster Session


Cristiana Principato (University of Virginia)


In this work we investigate the possibility to search for highly-ionizing particles, such as strangelets (hypothetical stable lumps of strange quark matter), with the NOvA Far Detector. The NovA experiment is a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, designed to observe electron neutrino appearance, but it may also be used to detect highly ionizing particles of astrophysical origin. The NOvA Far detector is a 14kTon fine-grained, low-Z, total-absorption tracking calorimeter that provides excellent granularity and energy resolution and relatively low-energy neutrino thresholds. As a surface detector with large area, 4290 $m^{2}$, NOvA may achieve a sensitivity never reached before for certain classes of strangelets.

Primary author

Cristiana Principato (University of Virginia)


E. Craig Dukes (University of Virginia) Martin Frank (U) Robert Group (University of Virginia) enhao song (university of virginia)

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