Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268


Thu., November 17, 2016, at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (refreshments served at 2:40 PM)

The Physics of the Prospect Detector

Karin Gilje, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
Bldg. 6008 Large Conference Room

PROSPECT, the Precision Reactor Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment, is a phased experiment at the High Flux Isotope Reactor in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Phase I will consist of a movable 3-ton Li-6 loaded liquid scintillator detector with a baseline coverage from 7 to 12 meters from the reactor core. One of the main physics goals of the experiment is to measure electron antineutrino disappearance from the highly enriched uranium core in order to search for sterile neutrinos. The other primary goal is to measure the reactor antineutrino spectrum to reduce uncertainties in and to resolve discrepancies with current models. This talk will describe the predicted sensitivity and discovery potential of the experiment to eV-scale sterile neutrinos using a spectrum-based oscillation analysis and the predicted precision of the reactor antineutrino spectrum.

Contact: Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri, (865) 574-6124