High Energy Physics Seminar

Speaker: Karin Gilje, Illinois Institute of Technology

Title:  The Physics of the PROSPECT Detector

Refreshments available at 1:30 pm.

Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm  

Type: Seminar

Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.

PROSPECT, the Precision Reactor Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment, is a phased experiment planned at the High Flux Isotope Reactor in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Phase I will consist of a movable 3-ton Li-6 loaded liquid scintillator detector with a baseline coverage from 7 to 12 meters from the reactor core. One of the main physics goals of the experiment is to measure electron antineutrino disappearance from the highly enriched uranium core in order to search for sterile neutrinos. The other primary goal is to measure the reactor antineutrino spectrum to reduce uncertainties in and to resolve discrepancies with current models. This talk will describe the predicted sensitivity and discovery potential of the experiment to eV-scale sterile neutrinos using a spectrum-based oscillation analysis and the predicted precision of the reactor antineutrino spectrum.