A great showing at Neutrino 2016

Neutrino physicists from around the world met in London at the XXVIIth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics in early July to discuss recent results and future prospects for understanding neutrinos. Many of the 700 conference attendees were members of the DUNE collaboration.

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Official group photo from Neutrino 2016

In a session on future long-baseline neutrino experiments, Jon Urheim of Indiana University presented the status and physics case of the LBNF/DUNE program. He highlighted the unique physics capabilities of DUNE for solving the open questions in neutrino physics, searching for nucleon decay, and measuring the neutrinos from a galactic supernova. Other speakers in the session addressed the statistical power of measuring the parameters describing the matter-antimatter asymmetry and described the proposed Hyper-Kamiokande program in Japan.

“DUNE also had a great showing in the poster sessions at Neutrino 2016,” said Andy Blake of Lancaster University. In addition to the 11 posters presented on behalf of DUNE (listed in Urheim’s slides), several more were closely related to DUNE activities.

“I think this highlights the increasing number of young scientists — students and postdocs — now working on DUNE, and the great progress being made in many different areas,” said Blake, who presented a poster on atmospheric neutrino studies planned for DUNE.

Jaime Dawson of APC-Paris, who presented a poster titled The ProtoDUNE large demonstrator of the Liquid Argon double phase TPC program at CERN, fielded quite a few questions, mostly about how the dual phase works and the difference between this technology and the single phase.

“I had some very technical questions about the electronics, in particular the cold electronics and the signal chimney,” said Dawson. “The up-coming beam test at CERN also generated some excitement.”