Neutrinos, antineutrinos and no neutrinos: the status and goals of the SNO+ experiment

start date: 

Lundi, novembre 27, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:00

Place: 

454A-Luc Valentin

Speaker: 

Nuno Barros

Home Institute: 

University of Pennsylvania

organized by: 

This talk will introduce the SNO+ experiment: a multi-purpose neutrino experiment with a broad experimental program and wide physics reach. The primary goal of SNO+ is a search for neutrinoless double beta decay, a process which has yet to be observed. A successful measurement would determine the fundamental nature of the neutrino, making it unique among fermions as being its own antiparticle, and also place limits on the absolute neutrino mass scale. By loading the candidate isotope into liquid scintillator, SNO+ is able to attain a competitive sensitivity even in its first phase. SNO+ also has an extensive physics program besides double beta decay. This talk will discuss the physics program of the SNO+ experiment and its present status as well as the potential contributions to the field.