Bridging funds for LBNE-UK

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sussex
Department Name: Sch of Mathematical & Physical Sciences


In recent years we have learnt a great deal about the properties of the elusive neutrino from accelerator experiments where a beam of neutrinos is fired over distances of hundreds of miles and their rare interactions are detected in large deep underground experiments. As the propagate over large distances neutrinos change flavour and by studying these neutrino oscillations we can learn a lot about their nature. The next generation of long baseline (LBL) neutrino oscillation experiments will address one of the most crucial questions in particle physics: is CP violated in the neutrino sector? If this is the case, that it would represent a breakthrough discovery with the potential to explain the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe through the process called leptogenesis.

LBNE is the US flagship next generation neutrino oscillation project. It will send a neutrino beam 1300 km from Fermilab towards a large Liquid Argon (LAr) detector located in South Dakota. In 2012 LBNE received US DoE CD-1 approval with a provisional budget of $867M and CD-2/CD-3 approval is expected by 2017, with start of data taking planned for 2023. This proposal is for initial bridging funds for 9 months, which will allow the UK to retain and build on existing leadership in this crucial period that will see first operations in 2014 of both the LBNE 35 ton prototype detector and the first neutrino beam interactions in the MicroBooNE detector; these are significant steps towards the full LBNE LAr far detector.

Planned Impact

The project is for short-term investment in to the next-generation LBL neutrino experiment, which in the coming decade will be one of a small number of large-scale particle physics projects. Investment at this stage will secure leadership with potential downstream benefits to UK science (through public engagement with this large-scale cutting edge project) and with UK industry through a potential multi-million pound investment in the LBNE far detector construction.
Description The initial design of the DAQ for LBNE/DUNE was developed and the UK groups integrated into the international team.
Exploitation Route This was a short grant aimed at integrating our team into the international team and was followed up by a larger and longer grant for LBNE.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Description The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex runs an intense outreach programme, closely linked to the research carried out within the Department. Our WWW is Our activities not only involve research talks, but also hands on activities that introduce the basics of our research to the public. We work with members of the general public, and school and college students. We work with over 12,000 people per year, two-thirds of who are children of school age. We interact through stands at various science fairs and in classroom-type setting (including our travelling planetarium).
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Other
Impact Types Societal

Description DUNE: Pre-Construction Phase
Amount £72,369 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/R000085/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2019
Description DUNE collaboration 
Organisation Fermilab - Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Department DUNE
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution R&D towards the DUNE experiment.
Collaborator Contribution R&D towards the DUNE experiment.
Impact Progress towards realising the DUNE experiment. The US DOE has approved construction of the Far detector facility.
Start Year 2015