17-22 July 2016
Master Cutlers Hall
Europe/London timezone

The COHERENT Neutrino Experiment

18 Jul 2016, 15:20
Venue: Cutlers' Banqueting Hall (First Floor); Chair: Gabriella Sciolla; Session Manager: Frederic Mouton ()

Venue: Cutlers' Banqueting Hall (First Floor); Chair: Gabriella Sciolla; Session Manager: Frederic Mouton


Prof. Phillip Barbeau (Duke University)


The Coherent elastic scattering of neutrinos off nuclei was predicted over 40 years ago after the realization of the neutral weak current. This standard-model process remains unobserved due to the daunting technical requirements: very low nuclear recoil energy thresholds, intense sources/large target masses, and low backgrounds. Employing state-of-the-art low-energy-threshold detector technology coupled with the intense stopped-pion neutrino source available at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the COHERENT Collaboration aims to measure CEvNS and to use it as a tool to search for physics beyond the standard model. A suite of detector systems (CsI[Na] and NaI[Tl] scintillating crystals, p-type point-contact germanium detectors, and single-phase liquid argon (LAr) is being deployed in the basement of the SNS, taking advantage of decades of detector development in the dark-matter direct-detection community. The first-phase of the COHERENT multi-detector approach will enable unambiguous discovery of CEvNS and test for non-standard neutrino interactions. This systematic characterization of low-threshold recoil detectors will validate experimental background and detector-response models, given that CEvNS of natural neutrinos is an irreducible background for dark matter WIMP searches. As secondary goals, COHERENT will perform measurements of the charged-current cross sections on I, Pb, Fe, and Cu; the last three of which result in the emission of background-inducing fast neutrons. The measurement of this cross section on lead also has implications for supernova neutrino detection in the HALO supernova neutrino detector.

Primary author

Prof. Phillip Barbeau (Duke University)

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