ZOOM ONLY: New technologies for new discoveries: ProtoDUNE at CERN for the international DUNE mega-science project in the US

  • April 15, 2020, 4:00 pm US/Central
  • Flavio Cavanna, Fermilab
  • Chris Stoughton
  • Video

If you are interested in attending this zoom meeting, please email Barb at kronkow@fnal.gov for the zoom information.

Experimental discoveries in the last decades have placed neutrinos in the spotlight to unlock the mysteries of the matter abundance unbalance in the Universe and the ultimate fate of the stars. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is the new leading-edge, international mega-science experiment for neutrino science and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. DUNE will use the state-of-the-art liquid-argon (LAr) TPC technology to instrument, deep underground at the SURF Laboratory in the US (SD), up to 70,000 tons of liquid argon at 87 K achieving millimetre-scale 3D precision.

A ~1 kton precursor of the DUNE LArTPC detector has been constructed and activated at the CERN Neutrino Platform. After a first exposure to low energy charged particle beams, just before the CERN accelerator complex long shut down, ProtoDUNE-SP has now collected 500+ days of continuing operation recording cosmic ray data.

A second 1 kton prototype, ProtoDUNE-DP – implementing the dual phase variant of the LArTPC technology – came online more recently and is now taking data.

The spectacular events collected and the extraordinary performance of the LArTPC technology open the way for discoveries with DUNE.