Neutrino Detection with Liquid Argon - Joshua Spitz Yale University PFEP SEMINAR

Wed, Dec 15, 2010, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: 
Jadwin 303
Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) technol-ogy offers exceptional position resolution, total-absorption calorimetry, scalability, and efficient particle identification for neutrino detection. ArgoNeuT, a 170 liter LArTPC neu-trino detector set in the NuMI neutrino beamline at Fermilab, has recently collected thousands of low energy (~3 GeV) neu-trino and anti-neutrino events in a wide variety of channels. These samples represent the first neutrino interactions ever seen with a LArTPC in a low energy beam. ArgoNeuT is one of the initial steps in a phased program of R&D toward a kilo-ton-scale LArTPC, to be used in the search for leptonic CP violation and proton decay. Neutrino events in ArgoNeuT and preliminary kinematic distributions will be presented along with a description of the physics analyses, detector design, and future prospects. Emphasis will be placed on the ongoing neutrino-argon charged current quasi-elastic cross section and vertex activity analyses, relevant for long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. Joshua's Website - http://home.fnal.gov/~spitz7/