A dual-phase DUNE

The dual-phase detector is a concept that’s relatively new for neutrino science but familiar to researchers from other parts of particle physics… The dual-phase ProtoDUNE recently finished the first test of the charge readout plane, or CRP, which will amplify the electrons into the gas and collect their signals. The CRPs and other components should be installed this fall…

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ArgonCube paving the way to a near site LArTPC

Spearheaded by the Laboratory for High Energy Physics at the University of Bern and made up of existing DUNE member institutions, ArgonCube is a collaboration for LArTPC detector R&D, with a focus on the technical needs for the DUNE physics program.  DUNE’s current plans include a LArTPC component in the Near Detector, but the high-intensity environment of the DUNE near site would pose problems for a standard LArTPC.  ArgonCube innovations can solve them…

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Proceeding with PIP-II, Fermilab’s accelerator upgrade project

The U.S. Department of Energy formally approved Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to proceed with its design of PIP-II, an accelerator upgrade project that will provide increased beam power to generate an unprecedented stream of neutrinos and enable a broad program of physics research for many years to come… Fermilab expects to complete the project by the mid-2020s, in time for the startup of LBNF/DUNE…

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Strengthening science connections with São Paulo

One of the largest efforts by São Paulo researchers on DUNE is the light-detection system known as ARAPUCA. This innovative device, developed by three Brazilian universities and Fermilab and named for the Guaraní word for bird trap, will collect very low light signals coming from the DUNE detectors…

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ProtoDUNE-SP is closed!

The temporary construction opening (TCO) on ProtoDUNE-SP is closed! The operation went smoothly and on schedule, finishing on June 12th… The ball now passes to the ProtoDUNE-SP crew for final assembly… with the end of August as the target date for activation of the detector and first beam data…

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Measures of progress: collaborators, prototypes and design reports

During the May collaboration meeting at Fermilab, the DUNE Institutional Board admitted two new institutions… Much of the collaboration meeting was devoted to the upcoming operation of the DUNE prototype detectors, with updates on the construction… Another important topic was the Interim Design Report (previously called the Technical Proposal) for the construction of DUNE far detector modules…

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US and India expand collaboration on neutrino research

On Monday, April 16, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and India’s Atomic Energy Secretary Dr. Sekhar Basu signed an agreement in New Delhi to expand the two countries’ collaboration on world-leading science and technology projects. It opens the way for jointly advancing cutting-edge neutrino science projects under way in both countries, LBNF, DUNE and INO…

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Imagine the thriller…

Remember Particle Fever, the Higgs boson cliffhanger? Imagine the thriller pitting matter against antimatter — and the audacious team of scientists that build a machine to look far back in time and uncover the mystery of how matter triumphed…

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