Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

The Physics and Status of CaNOE - an in Canada Off-axis Neutrino Oscillation Experiment

Scott Menary
York University

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
1:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

We are living in the golden age of neutrino physics. It is now thought that neutrinos may be the key to our understanding of a number of fundamental mysteries about our universe. For example, why is our present world composed predominantly of matter - namely electrons, protons, and neutrons - while matter and antimatter were produced in equal amounts in the Big Bang? Where did all the primordial antimatter go? The observation of the beautiful quantum mechanical phenomenon of neutrino flavour oscillations by the SuperKamiokande experiment in Japan was one of the most significant scientific discoveries of the past decade. The recent spectacular results from SNO, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, on solar neutrinos have greatly clarified our understanding of neutrinos. Future exploration of the properties of neutrinos requires intense man-made neutrino beams. In this talk I will discuss what are the further measurements needed to be made in neutrino physics. I will explain how to make a neutrino beam, in particular a narrow energy band beam using the so-called off-axis technique invented by Canadians. Finally, I will describe the status of a proposed experiment in which an off-axis neutrino beam from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago is to be pointed at a detector located 850 km away just off the trans-Canada highway in northwest Ontario.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.