SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay

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

Abstract

The SNO+ group at Sussex leads the overall calibration effort and is actively involved in several analysis groups: neutrinoless double-beta decay, supernova neutrinos, reactor neutrinos, as well as exotic physics searches in the water phase. The SNO+ experiment consists of three phases: a short six month water phase, followed by a similar length phase where the detector will be filled with pure liquid scintillator. These two phases are crucial to the calibration of the detector, but also present unique physics opportunities. After this, the main phase of SNO+ will start, where the scintillator is loaded with the double-beta decay element to search for neutrinoless double-beta decay. Observation of this process will give us unique insight in the fundamental properties of the neutrino particle. The successful candidate is expected to start during an exciting time: in the transition between water and pure scintillator, and will be expected to focus on the neutrinoless double-beta decay search. At the same time, he/she will spend a significant amount of time on the calibration of the experiment. This will put him/her in an ideal position to lead the analysis and optimize the detector's sensitivity to the possible discovery of double-beta decay.

Publications

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ST/R505146/1 01/10/2017 30/09/2021
1945253 Studentship ST/R505146/1 01/10/2017 31/03/2021 Michal Rigan
 
Title Supernova Bursts Trigger system 
Description The database associated with the burst generated by the supernova burst trigger for SNO+ experiment 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Monitoring of burst with the potential to spot a supernova. 
 
Title TELLIE PCA datasets 
Description System to perform timing calibration of the SNO+ detector using external LED calibration system. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Timing calibration of the PhotoMultiplier Tubes for the SNO+ detector. 
 
Description SNO+ Collaboration 
Organisation Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution SNO+ Collaboration: Collaboration working on the SNO+ experiment. SNO+ stands for Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. The + stands for an upgrade and continuation of the original SNO experiment.
Collaborator Contribution Our local group at the university is responsible for the development and maintenance of calibration sources for the detector.
Impact Multiple publications, please search for SNO+.
Start Year 2007
 
Title Supernova Burst Trigger system 
Description A backend platform used for detection of burst for the SNO+ detector. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Bursts monitoring for SNO+ detector. 
 
Description CAM conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A summer conference for Northern American postgraduate students studying physics or related science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cap.ca/congress-conference/cam/
 
Description High Energy Physics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 2 week long summer school with the focus on High Energy Physics.
I presented a poster in open discussion panel regarding my reserach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://stfc.ukri.org/research/particle-physics-and-particle-astrophysics/hep-summer-school/
 
Description Neutrino Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Summer school for postgraduate students with focus on neutrino physics. Took place at Fermilab during summer of 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://indico.fnal.gov/event/19346/
 
Description SNEWs Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact SNEWS = SuperNova Early Warning System Conference that took place in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada during summer of 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://snews.bnl.gov/