NEUTRINO SEMINAR: MicroBooNE – A Neutrino Camera
This event is part of the Departmental Seminars.
Neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the Universe, but also among the most mysterious. Measuring and understanding their properties has the potential to uncover physics beyond the standard model of particle physics and neutrinos could be the key to a new understanding of the subatomic world.
This talk will discuss a recent newcomer to the neutrino scene, MicroBooNE. The MicroBooNE detector is a liquid argon time projection chamber, designed to observe neutrinos from the Fermilab Booster Neutrino Beam with bubble-chamber-like image quality. Its main physics goals are the search for a fourth type of neutrino and the study of interactions of neutrinos with matter. At the same time, it is a prototype detector for a very large future long-baseline neutrino detector in the U.S. of the same technology that will answer some of the most pressing questions about neutrinos.