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Search for a new form of matter: the sterile neutrino

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Coordinator
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE 

Organization address
address: SOUTH KENSINGTON CAMPUS EXHIBITION ROAD
city: LONDON
postcode: SW7 2AZ
website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website http://solid-experiment.org
 Total cost 1˙818˙553 €
 EC max contribution 1˙818˙553 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2021-05-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE UK (LONDON) coordinator 1˙559˙347.00
2    THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD UK (OXFORD) participant 217˙323.00
3    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) participant 41˙882.00

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 Project objective

The goal of this proposal is to search for an entirely new kind of matter. This type of matter called a sterile neutrino doesn’t interact with known particles and can only manifest itself through quantum mixing with the three neutrinos of the standard model, the prevailing theory of particle physics. The known neutrinos are by far the most abundant massive particles in the Universe. More than 70 years after the postulation of the existence of the neutrino, its nature and fundamental properties remain, paradoxically, poorly known. The discovery of the quantum mixing of neutrinos: neutrino oscillations, was a major surprise as it implied that neutrinos have mass which they do not have in the standard model. In this context the existence of a sterile neutrino is a natural extension but the discovery of this new state of matter would a profound challenge for the theory to explain. Several new anomalous experimental results have appeared which could be accounted for by the presence of a light sterile neutrino but each result taken separately is not statistically significant. New oscillation patterns in the neutrino energy spectrum would be a clear signature of the new state but are difficult to measure due to experimental and background limitations. We propose the most sensitive search to date for this oscillation signature using two key assets: The SCK•CEN BR2 reactor which offers a unique low background environment combined with a novel detector technology invented by the PI capable of discriminating signal and background with greater sensitivity that any previous technique. We present an experimental program that includes the construction of a detector module and its precise calibration, the programming of a new type of electronic trigger and implementation of state of the art reconstruction techniques and analysis. The results that this proposal will deliver are far reaching both in science and in the development of a new technology for detecting anti-neutrinos.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Griffiths, J.; Kleinegesse, S.; Saunders, D.; Taylor, R.; Vacheret, A.
Pulse Shape Discrimination and Exploration of Scintillation Signals Using Convolutional Neural Networks
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
1 2019-10-14
2019 Y. Abreu, Y. Amhis, G. Ban, W. Beaumont, S. Binet, M. Bongrand, D. Boursette, B.C. Castle, H. Chanal, K. Clark, B. Coupé, P. Crochet, D. Cussans, A. De Roeck, D. Durand, M. Fallot, L. Ghys, L. Giot, K. Graves, B. Guillon, D. Henaff, B. Hosseini, S. Ihantola, S. Jenzer, S. Kalcheva, L.N. Kalousis, M. Labare, G. Lehaut, S. Manley, L. Manzanillas, J. Mermans, I. Michiels, S. Monteil, C. Moortgat, D.
Development of a quality assurance process for the SoLid experiment
published pages: P02014-P02014, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/14/02/P02014
Journal of Instrumentation 14/02 2019-10-14
2017 L. Arnold, W. Beaumont, D. Cussans, D. Newbold, N. Ryder, A. Weber
The SoLid anti-neutrino detector\'s readout system
published pages: C02012-C02012, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/12/02/C02012
Journal of Instrumentation 12/02 2019-10-14
2017 Y. Abreu, Y. Amhis, L. Arnold, G. Ban, W. Beaumont, M. Bongrand, D. Boursette, J.M. Buhour, B.C. Castle, K. Clark, B. Coupé, A.S. Cucoanes, D. Cussans, A. De Roeck, J. D\'Hondt, D. Durand, M. Fallot, S. Fresneau, L. Ghys, L. Giot, B. Guillon, G. Guilloux, S. Ihantola, X. Janssen, S. Kalcheva, L.N. Kalousis, E. Koonen, M. Labare, G. Lehaut, J. Mermans, I. Michiels, C. Moortgat, D. Newbold, J. Park,
A novel segmented-scintillator antineutrino detector
published pages: P04024-P04024, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/12/04/P04024
Journal of Instrumentation 12/04 2019-10-14
2018 Y. Abreu, Y. Amhis, L. Arnold, G. Ban, W. Beaumont, M. Bongrand, D. Boursette, B.C. Castle, K. Clark, B. Coupé, D. Cussans, A. De Roeck, J. D\'Hondt, D. Durand, M. Fallot, L. Ghys, L. Giot, B. Guillon, S. Ihantola, X. Janssen, S. Kalcheva, L. N. Kalousis, E. Koonen, M. Labare, G. Lehaut, L. Manzanillas, J. Mermans, I. Michiels, C. Moortgat, D. Newbold, J. Park, V. Pestel, K. Petridis, I. Piñera,
Performance of a full scale prototype detector at the BR2 reactor for the SoLid experiment
published pages: P05005-P05005, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/13/05/P05005
Journal of Instrumentation 13/05 2019-10-14
2018 Y. Abreu, Y. Amhis, W. Beaumont, M. Bongrand, D. Boursette, B. C. Castle, K. Clark, B. Coupé, D. Cussans, A. De Roeck, D. Durand, M. Fallot, L. Ghys, L. Giot, K. Graves, B. Guillon, D. Henaff, B. Hosseini, S. Ihantola, S. Jenzer, S. Kalcheva, L. N. Kalousis, M. Labare, G. Lehaut, S. Manley, L. Manzanillas, J. Mermans, I. Michiels, C. Moortgat, D. Newbold, J. Park, V. Pestel, K. Petridis, I. Piñe
Optimisation of the scintillation light collection and uniformity for the SoLid experiment
published pages: P09005-P09005, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/13/09/P09005
Journal of Instrumentation 13/09 2019-10-14

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