The recent emergence of the Reactor Antineutrino Anomaly has revived the interest in short-baseline experiments probing the disappearance of electron neutrinos and antineutrinos. The SoLid experiment is a reactor project that aims to resolve the anomaly employing a novel detector design. Installed at a very short distance of ∼ 6.0 - 9.0 m from the BR2 research reactor core at SCK·CEN in Belgium, it will be able to scan the allowed parameter region within a year of data taking through the detection of low energy ̄νe. The detector volume segmentation and robust neutron identification capabilities offer an unprecedented background rejection necessary for experiments on surface. The first phase (Phase I) of SoLid is expected to start data taking in summer 2017.
In this seminar, I will review the experimental layout and the current status of the SoLid experiment, with emphasis on the Phase I detector design. Results from the SM1 full scale detector prototype will also be presented. I shall conclude this talk, with an overview of the timeline envisaged and highlight the physics potential of SoLid.
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