Experimental Particle Physics Research Group

Neutrino Oscillations

While thousands of scientists work around the clock to exploit the potential of the Large Hadron Collider to uncover evidence of new physics, a quiet revolution has taken place in the field of neutrino physics. In 2015, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to the SNO+ and T2K experiments for showing that neutrinos oscillate (change flavour) and must therefore have mass; this is the first evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model.

Jeff, Lily and the NOvA group are working on the analysis of data from NOvA to discover new information about the neutrino mass hierarchy. Are there two heavy and one light neutrino, or vice versa?

Lisa and Charlie are undertaking an optical calibration study for the SNO+ experiment whilst also blessing SNO+ data to the standard required for use in rigorous physics analysis

Simon leads the team responsible for the overall calibration of the SNO+ detector. In a rare-event search, the detailed understanding of the detector response is key to get the maximum sensitivity for the detector.

You can view live data being collected by the NOvA experiment here here.