The March LBNC review

Members of the LBNC
Members of the LBNC. Photo: R.Hahn, 2016 (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Chaired by David MacFarlane from SLAC, the Long Baseline Neutrino Committee (LBNC) met at Fermilab March 23-25. With 17 members from around the globe, the LBNC meets three times per year, and is charged by the Fermilab Director to review the scientific, technical, and managerial progress, plans and decisions associated with LBNF and DUNE. The committee also considers some specific aspects of the Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) Program. The LBNC provides candid assessments for the Director. These assessments are also intended to be available and helpful to the LBNF and DUNE leaderships and to the funding agencies that support these international projects.

In the March meeting the committee received updates on technical progress, previously agreed milestones, risks and mitigation strategies, effort planning, and the status of actions in response to past recommendations. The LBNC members were appreciative of the carefully prepared presentations. It was clear to all that the project has made much progress on many fronts and, as is to be expected of projects of this scale, many details will require continued attention.

“I appreciate the hard work that everyone puts in to make these reviews successful,” said Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer, echoing the LBNC members. “They are crucial to advancing the project.”

Design and start of construction of the single- and dual-phase ProtoDUNE detectors, 1/20th scale versions of the final DUNE far detector modules, are a critical step towards approval of the full project. These efforts are going very well, as are preparations at the CERN Neutrino Platform for construction of the cryostats to receive the prototypes.

The next LBNC review will be held at CERN, June 23-25. Details about past and future LBNC meetings and the committee membership can be found: http://pac.fnal.gov/lbnc/