HyperKamiokande Pre-Construction Bid

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

The Hyper-Kamiokande experiment is the next generation flagship experiment for the
study of neutrino oscillations, nucleon decays, and astrophysical neutrinos. The detector is a third generation
underground water Cherenkov detector. It will serve as the far detector for a long baseline neutrino oscilla-
tion experiment planned for the upgraded J-PARC (Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex) neutrino
beam as well as a detector capable of observing proton decays, atmospheric neutrinos, and neutrinos from
astronomical origins enabling measurements that far exceed the current world best measurements.
The proposed activities address the core scientific questions in STFC's roadmap 1 : What are the fun-
damental particles? (C1), Is there a unified framework? (C3) What is the origin of the matter anti-matter
asymmetry? (C7) How do the laws of physics work when driven to the extremes? (D1). Because the long
baseline neutrino experiment is capable of addressing these questions it is the highest priority of the neutrino
STFC roadmap. Furthermore, this project is also perfectly aligned with the European Strategy which recog-
nises it importance [2]: Rapid progress in neutrino oscillation physics, with significant European involvement,
has established a strong scientific case for a long-baseline neutrino programme exploring CP violation and
the mass hierarchy in the neutrino sector. CERN should develop a neutrino programme to pave the way for a
substantial European role in future long-baseline experiments. Europe should explore the possibility of major
participation in leading long-baseline neutrino projects in the US and Japan.

Planned Impact

Full Impact Summary submitted by QMUL in Joint Submission Document
 
Description Collaboration with SuperKamiokande (SuperK) Collaboration 
Organisation Super-Kamiokande
Country Japan 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Selected members of the UK HyperKamiokande team, including Lee Thompson and Andrew Cole from Sheffield joined SuperK in January 2016. We are working with members of the SuperK EGADS team on measuring the activity of Gadolinium samples at the so-called Boulby Underground Germanium Suite (BUGS) at STFC's Boulby Underground Lab. There are also plans to use SuperK as a testbench ofr some of the HyperK calibration work that we are involved in.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in calibration. Production of Gd samples. Expertise in handing and measurement of Gd samples.
Impact Work is ongoing, no direct impact yet.
Start Year 2016
 
Description AstroSoc talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about HyperKamiokande to Chesterfield Astronomical Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cocktails & Physics public outreach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening event called "Cocktails & Physics" in a bar in Sheffield involving 3 presentations about neutrinos, supernovae and SuperK/HyperK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Colloquium, DESY, Hamburg 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Colloquium on HyperK at DESY Hamburg national lab in Germany
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://physikseminar.desy.de/hamburg/colloquia_in_2019/29_january_2019/
 
Description Colloquium, DESY, Zeuthen, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Colloquium on HyperK at DESY Zeuthen national lab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://physikseminar.desy.de/hamburg/colloquia_in_2019/29_january_2019/
 
Description HyperK "STEMinar", Jan 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on HyperK to STEM postgraduates, academics and people from industry at university-wide LGBT+ event at the University of Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Mini-workshop at Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk plus mini-exhibition on neutrinos and HyperKamiokande as part of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Public Lecture from Nobel Laureate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture at the University of Sheffield. Given by Nobel Laureate, Professor Kajita. Topic was neutrinos, HyperK and SuperK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/nobel-prize-winner-sheffield-1.705852
 
Description Royal Society EXhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a exhibition stand at the Royal Society's summer exhibition featuring a number of exhibits, including an SK VR system, a 20" SK PMT and a (not-working) beam target from RAL, other exhibits, leaflets, take away information on neutrinos.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2018/summer-science-exhibition/exhibits/
 
Description Talk to U3A (University of the Third Age) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about neutrinos and HyperK to the Science and Technology Group of the Sheffield branch of the U3A (University of the Third Age)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tapton School, Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on HyperKamiokande at Tapton School Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017