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


Fri., December 02, 2016, at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (refreshments served at 2:40 PM)

Exploring Supernova Neutrinos with Liquid Argon Time-Projection Chambers

Prof. Christopher M. Mauger, University of Pennsylvania
Bldg. 6008 Large Conference Room

Neutrinos have come a long way in the human endeavor from their days as a "desperate remedy.'' While we have learned much about neutrino properties over the last several decades, we have also come to appreciate - despite their tiny cross-sections and masses - how important they are in processes such as core-collapse supernova and the origin of heavy elements Further, we understand the unique role they can play as probes of environments that are otherwise nearly inaccessible to other forms of measurement. The United States will play host to an international project called DUNE which will explore many of the most important open questions in neutrino physics. DUNE will employ a 40 kiloton liquid argon time-projection chamber at the far site where high-precision measurements of electron neutrinos from core-collapse supernova can be made. There are many challenges which must be overcome in order for DUNE to optimally measure this rich signal. The CAPTAIN experiment aims to address these challenges and push forward the science of neutrinos in astrophysical environments.

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