Special Physics Seminar: Friday, February 23rd: Precision Neutrino physics in MicroBooNE and beyond

Event Date: 

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 3302
  • Special Physics Seminar

The precision measurement of neutrino oscillations is our best bet to address fundamental questions such as the existence of sterile neutrinos, determination of CP violation and mass ordering in the neutrino sector. MicroBooNE is the pioneering neutrino oscillation experiment using the Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) technology, chosen for the next generation of high precision neutrino physics experiments.

In the first part of my talk, I will describe MicroBooNE's current effort in performing its flagship oscillation analysis. I will highlight the challenges and potential improvements to this analysis, which will impact future short and long baseline oscillation measurements.

In the second part of my talk, I will focus on MicroBooNE's unique role for detector R&D as the only currently operational LArTPC experiment taking neutrino data. I will present two examples, highlighting lessons learned and a potential solution to an unsolved mystery. The expertise gained from MicroBooNE will guide the optimal design of future larger LArTPCs.

 

Xiao Luo, Yale