Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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

Tokai-to-Kamioka: Beaming Neutrinos from Sea to Sea

Alysia Marino
University of Toronto

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
1:30 PM @ Stirling A

Abstract:

Over the past decade compelling evidence has emerged that neutrinos have non-zero masses and that neutrinos change from one flavour to another. Intense neutrino beams generated by particle accelerators are now being used in order to more precisely probe the spectrum of neutrino masses and mixing.

This talk will focus on the Tokai-to-Kamioka (T2K) experiment, now under construction in Japan, which will study a beam of muon neutrinos produced at J-PARC on the east coast of Japan. With two neutrino detectors, one located near the origin of the beam, and another detector located 295 km away, T2K will look for the disappearance of muon neutrinos and the appearance of electron neutrinos over a long distance. T2K will begin taking data in 2009. The current status, physics goals, and future measurement potential of T2K will be presented.

Dr. Marino is a short-listed candidate for the faculty position in Experimental Particle Astrophysics. She will be in the Department on Wednesday December 12 and Thursday December 13.