Hamilton Colloquium Series: Ryan Patterson, Caltech; “Next questions in neutrino physics and the NOvA experiment”

Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: 
Jadwin A10

Non-zero neutrino mass brings with it new complexity in the neutrino sector, and major questions surrounding neutrino masses and mixing remain unanswered. Among the unknowns are the ordering of the neutrino masses, key details of flavor mixing, and whether neutrinos respect CP symmetry. NOvA, a long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment sited along Fermilab’s NuMI neutrino beam, will address these questions and much more. NOvA recently began full operations with its 14-kton detector and will continue through this decade. After a review of the physics context, I will discuss NOvA’s experimental design, physics program, and the latest results.