Features – January 2017

CERN ramps up neutrino program

In the midst of the verdant French countryside is a workshop the size of an aircraft hangar bustling with activity. In a well lit new extension, technicians cut through thick slices of steel with electric saws and blast metal joints with welding torches…

Getting the high voltage right

As DUNE pioneers one technology after another, each one requires validation. Since high voltage issues in liquid argon are not fully understood, work is advancing on a setup at Fermilab to evaluate the ProtoDUNE-SP high voltage design…

Algorithms for the machine-learning era

LArTPC detectors produce image-like projections of particle trajectories, but due to the very large sizes of these images, current reconstruction approaches have only been able to process strongly reduced representations of the data… Exploration of the full potential of LArTPC detectors, therefore, requires cutting-edge computing technologies, such as deep neural... Read more »

How heavy is a neutrino?

Over the years, scientists have learned several surprising things about (neutrinos). But they have yet to answer: How much do neutrinos weigh? The full article appears in Symmetry. It contains some great ideas for explaining neutrinos to your friends and family!

News and updates

Testing readout both cold and warm

The cold electronics team at Brookhaven received the first prototype cold ADC ASIC in mid-January and tested a preliminary sample at both room and liquid nitrogen temperatures… Teams at Brookhaven and Fermilab are testing several prototype Warm Interface Boards…

70,000 tons and hundreds of miles

DUNE will need a steady supply of liquid argon when it’s time to fill the detector modules, which together will hold almost 70,000 metric tons. Even though 2024-2028 sounds far in the future, it’s time to start lining up our suppliers…

Moving toward Far Site construction with CM/GC

LBNF plans to utilize a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) strategy to construct the Far Site facility. The CM/GC delivery method involves contracting with a firm to provide services during multiple phases of the design and construction… Proposals from potential CM/GC firms are due at the end of January with an anticipated award of late spring or early summer 2017…