Colloquium:MicroBooNE and the Pursuit of the Elusive Neutrino Using Liquid Argon Detector Technology

Date: 
11/17/2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
CP 155
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s): 
Matthew Toups (FNAL)
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In the last several decades neutrino oscillation experiments have given us a consistent picture of neutrino mass and mixing among three neutrino flavors. However, a series of longstanding and more recent anomalies hint at the existence of additional “sterile” neutrino flavors and complicates this simple picture. In order to improve on previous short baseline sterile neutrino searches, new detector technologies are required.  Liquid Argon time projection chambers (LArTPCs) promise to have the sensitivity needed by current and next generation neutrino oscillation experiments looking for the appearance of electron-flavor neutrinos in a predominantly muon-flavored accelerator-based neutrino beam.  MicroBooNE is the first of three LArTPC detectors planned for the newly re-established Short Baseline Neutrino program at Fermilab built to address the sterile neutrino hypothesis and to develop the technologies and expertise necessary to deploy a kiloton-scale LArTPC for future long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments.  Latest results from the MicroBooNE experiment will be presented along with the prospects and status of the Fermilab neutrino program
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