First observation of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering and its reach as a new tool for nuclear and particle physics - Grayson Rich - 303 Jadwin

Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 4:00 pm


More than 40 years after its theoretical description, the process of coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) has been observed for the first time by the COHERENT Collaboration, using a 14.6-kg CsI[Na] detector at the Spallation Neutron Source of Oak Ridge National Lab. COHERENT and other groups continue to work towards additional CEvNS measurements because of the breadth of physics sensitivity shown by the process, which I will discuss, including connections to nuclear structure, astrophysics, dark sector physics, and other physics beyond the Standard Model.  I will also present details of the initial observation of CEvNS along with an overview of the physics program within the COHERENT Collaboration and a provide a brief description of the vibrant efforts in the broader, growing CEvNS community.  

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