May 31, 2021 to June 4, 2021
Europe/Madrid timezone

NUCLEUS outer veto prototype for the CEʋNS detection at nuclear reactors

Jun 1, 2021, 5:30 PM


PhD forum talk + poster PhD Forum


Beatrice Mauri (CEA/IRFU/DPhP)


The detection of Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering (CEʋNS) represents an experimental challenge because of its unique signature: a nuclear recoil with low energy in range of 10 to 100 eV on average.
This process, largely unexplored until today, could probe physics beyond the Standard Model such as non-standard neutrino interactions and electromagnetic form factors.

NUCLEUS is a nuclear reactor neutrino experiment conceived for CEʋNS detection using a new type of ultra-low energy threshold (below 20 eV) cryogenic calorimeters based on the CRESST technology.

Thanks to the greatly enhanced CEʋNS cross-section (10 to 1000 times greater than the standard neutrino detection channels), NUCLEUS is aiming for its first phase to develop a miniaturized detector of only 10 g target mass.

The detector will be installed at the Very Near Site (VNS), a shallow depth experimental hall located in between of the 2 nuclear reactors of the Chooz B power plant in France, with reactor baselines of 72 m and 102 m.
At this location with shallow-overburden, a highly efficient background suppression system will be fundamental.

It will include an active cryogenic outer veto designed to work in anti-coincidence with the target detector in order to identify and reject gammas due to the environmental radioactivity and neutron interactions, events that can mimic the CEʋNS signal.
In this "talk+poster" I will present the preliminary promising results obtained with our cryogenic outer veto prototype.

Primary author

Beatrice Mauri (CEA/IRFU/DPhP)

Presentation materials