Neutrino results, progress from annual Users' Meeting
|Joseph Walding of the College of William & Mary delivers a lecture on new results from the SciBooNE and MiniBooNE experiments.
Fermilab continues to make progress on multiple fronts at the Intensity Frontier, according to speakers at the laboratory's annual Users' Meeting last week.
Scientists working on the MINOS, MiniBooNE and MINERvA neutrino experiments will present new results in the near future, speakers said.
On June 14, members of the MINOS and MiniBooNE collaborations will announce new findings at two consecutive Fermilab wine and cheese seminars beginning at 2 p.m., and at the Neutrino 2010 conference in Athens, Greece. The speakers credited the Accelerator Division with doubling the statistics for their electron antineutrino search. The Accelerator Division was recently recognized for its achievements providing NuMI with record numbers of protons on target.
MINOS will be the first experiment with accelerator-produced neutrinos to examine closely the oscillation parameters of muon antineutrinos, said speaker Justin Evans, a postdoc at University College London who won the Tollestrup Award for his research.
"We will use the analysis of data from the new running to check our previous low-statistics result," Evans said.
Physicist Cesar Castromonte from the Brazilian Center for Physics Research surprised members of the audience at the Users' Meeting when he said the MINERvA collaboration members expected to present their first physics results in the next few months. The MINERvA detector observed its first events just more than a year ago.
"We're working really hard to get the results out as soon as possible," Castromonte said.
Collaborators on the SciBooNE and MiniBooNE experiments are working on their first joint analysis, which they hope to present in the near future, said speaker Joseph Walding of the College of William & Mary.
The newcomer to Fermilab's group of neutrino experiments, the NOvA experiment, is currently under construction in Ash River, Minn. At the site of the NOvA detector facility, workers have finished blasting and have begun to pour the concrete floor for the detector building, said speaker Sarah Budd of Argonne National Laboratory. The collaboration is scheduled to complete a full-height engineering prototype of the NOvA far detector by November, she said.
-- Kathryn Grim