Features – September 2016

CERN’s Neutrino Platform

CERN is building a dedicated test facility called ENH1, due to be completed in 2017, which will enable R&D on the DUNE prototype modules and other detector development.
Image credit: CERN.

CERN has a long tradition in neutrino physics, starting with the Gargamelle detector in 1973. At the end of 2014, CERN inaugurated its Neutrino Platform with the aim of providing a focal point for Europe’s contributions to global neutrino research…

A dual tech gem for future neutrino detectors


WA105, presently at an advanced state of assembly at CERN, is a 3x1x1-metre, 25-tonne (metric ton) “dual-phase” liquid argon time projection chamber demonstrator. The dual-phase technology was developed by the European LAGUNA-LBNO consortium, with R&D efforts led by ETH Zurich for more than a decade…

Nucleon decay and atmospheric neutrino posters at ICHEP


Three DUNE collaborators presented posters on the related topics of nucleon decay and atmospheric neutrinos at ICHEP. Congratulations go to Gabriel Santucci of Stony Brook University who was awarded a Distinguished Poster Award for his poster titled Nucleon Decay and Atmospheric Neutrino Event Reconstruction in DUNE.

Extraordinary beamline alignment


Given that the final design for the Far Site Conventional Facilities will be starting soon, nailing down the coordinates for beam alignment is a high priority. Virgil Bocean, senior geodesist with Fermilab, and a team of surveying specialists made a comprehensive set of measurements at SURF in July.

At your fingertips

DUNE publication policy


Stefan Söldner-Rembold, the DUNE Speakers Committee chair, has recently been approached with questions regarding proceedings. The document governing publication of these and other DUNE results is Publication and Analysis Approval Policies and Authorship Rules.

News and updates

CD-3a achieved: Green light from DOE for construction work at SURF


On September 1st the Department of Energy formally approved plans for construction of the first two large underground caverns at Sanford Lab for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. This milestone, known as “CD-3a approval,” represents DOE’s green light to begin the significant amount of conventional facilities work at Sanford Lab necessary to support the DUNE experiment…

Joint proclamation of support for LBNF and DUNE from Illinois and South Dakota


On September 9 at Fermilab, South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti signed a proclamation declaring their joint support for LBNF and DUNE. The joint proclamation demonstrates strong state support for the future U.S. flagship LBNF/DUNE project.

Rotating roles

Mark and André announce a number of changes to roles within the Collaboration. Several changes are part of the planned rotation of positions, whilst others are due to people wishing to stand down… “We look forward to a smooth transition and thank again everyone for their engagement and strong commitment to DUNE. Please join us in supporting our new conveners in their new roles.”

Headley transitions out of Far Site Facilities Manager position


For the past year, Mike Headley has been serving in a dual role with the SDSTA and Fermilab as the as the SDSTA Executive Director and the Far Site Facilities Manager for the LBNF Project… He will continue forward as the SDSTA Executive Director and assume the Sanford Laboratory Director role that he held previously…

Beamline alternatives ruled out

Visualization of the focusing system chosen by the optimization using a NuMI-style
target (top), a Beryllium fin target (middle) and a cylindrical target (bottom).

To reach its ambitious physics goals, DUNE wants a neutrino beamline delivering neutrinos to the far detector by 2026. Over the last few months, many members of DUNE/LBNF have reviewed and evaluated the baseline beamline design as well as an innovative, alternative approach called Neutrinos from PIon beam Line, or NuPIL, in order to determine the best path forward…

Single-phase detector system reviews are proceeding


DUNE is rapidly progressing towards a complete design of the ProtoDUNE single-phase detector. A series of reviews, one for each of the various detector systems for this design, is taking place in advance of the start of mass production of the detector components. These reviews offer the collaboration an excellent opportunity to study and understand each design…