The CERN Neutrino Beam to Gran Sasso : performance summary and future prospects

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Aithousa Mitropoulos

Aithousa Mitropoulos

Megaron, Athens - Greece


Dr Ilias Efthymiopoulos (CERN)


The CNGS facility (CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso) aims at directly detecting νμ→ντ neutrino oscillations. An intense νμ beam (1017 νμ per day) is generated at CERN and directed over 732 km towards the Gran Sasso National Laboratory, LNGS, in Italy, where two large and complex detectors, OPERA and ICARUS, are located. Having resolved successfully some initial issues occurred since its commissioning in 2006, the facility completed two years of smooth operations in 2008 and 2009 with a total of 5.44×1019 protons delivered on target. The experience gained in operating this 500 kW neutrino beam facility will be reviewed briefly. Highlights of the beam performance and future long-term prospects will be presented.

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Alberto Guglielmi (INFN Sez. Padova, Padova, Italy) Alfredo Ferrari (CERN) Ans Pardons (CERN) Carel Kornelis (CERN, BE Department) Dario Autiero (Universite Claude Bernard, Lyon I, CNRS/IN2P3, 69622 Villeurbanne, France) Edda Gschwendtner (CERN) Heinz Vincke (CERN) Joerg Wenninger (CERN) Massimo Giovannozzi (CERN) Paola Sala (INFN Sez. Milano, Milano, Italy) Simone Gilardoni (CERN)

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