Proton Decay Searches with a Liquid Argon Detector at DUSEL

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Aithousa Mitropoulos ()

Aithousa Mitropoulos

Megaron, Athens - Greece

Speaker

Dr Mitchell Soderberg (Yale University)

Description

Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers (LAr TPCs) are ideally suited for the study of neutrino interactions thanks to precision detection capabilities that make them the modern day equivalent of bubble chambers. Liquid argon detectors on the scale of 20 kilotons are currently envisioned for the future long-baseline neutrino program in the United States. The same features that make these detectors excellent for studies of neutrino physics will also enable them to conduct proton decay searches that will significantly improve upon existing lifetime limits. I will display preliminary ideas for the ultimate LAr TPC experiment that could be conducted at the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) in South Dakota as part of the world-class Intensity Frontier program that is currently being planned in the United States. Initial studies of proton decay searches with this detector will be presented and compared with the Water Cerenkov experiment that is also planned for DUSEL.

Primary author

Dr Mitchell Soderberg (Yale University)

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