Seminar Series

GADZOOKS! Supernova Neutrinos Without The Annoying Wait

Mark Vagins, University of California, Irvine

17 May 2018 - 15:30

Water Cherenkov detectors have been used for many years to study neutrino interactions and search for nucleon decays. Super-Kamiokande, at 50 kilotons the largest such underground detector in the world, has itself enjoyed over two decades of interesting and important physics results, including the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of neutrino oscillations. Looking to the future, for the last fifteen years extensive R&D on a potential upgrade to the detector known as GADZOOKS! has been underway and is now complete; the project has been formally approved, and the detector will be prepared for Gd loading starting this summer. The benefits and challenges of enriching Super-K with 100,000 kilograms of a water-soluble gadolinium compound - thereby enabling it to detect thermal neutrons and dramatically improving its performance as a detector for supernova neutrinos, reactor neutrinos, atmospheric neutrinos, and also as a target for the T2K long-baseline neutrino experiment - will be discussed.

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