DUNE presents updated physics sensitivity plots in Friday’s JETP seminar, Aug. 2

Ryan Patterson

This Friday’s “Wine and Cheese” Joint Experimental-Theoretical Physics Seminar will be given by Ryan Patterson of Caltech, one of the physics coordinators of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Professor Patterson will describe the status of DUNE and present, for the first time in public, DUNE’s updated physics sensitivity.

DUNE is a multinational effort hosted by Fermilab to address some of the biggest open questions in particle physics, particularly the question of whether charge parity symmetry is violated in neutrino oscillation. DUNE will also be sensitive to supernova burst neutrinos, baryon number nonconservation, and signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model.

This week’s talk comes at an exciting time for the collaboration, as DUNE is presenting its Technical Design Report (TDR), the culmination of years of planning, detector design and scientific studies, to its advisory board, the Long Baseline Neutrino Committee. The completion of this document is a critical step toward funding approval to begin far detector construction.

In preparation for the TDR, studies of DUNE’s physics sensitivity have been upgraded to use full beam and detector simulations, automated event reconstruction and selection, and sophisticated treatment of systematic uncertainty, which is critical for precision measurements.

The DUNE collaboration comprises more than 1,000 scientists from 31 countries. DUNE will make precise measurements of the parameters governing long-baseline neutrino oscillation by observing an intense neutrino beam with a near detector complex at Fermilab and a massive, underground far detector located 1,300 kilometers away at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. For more information, visit the DUNE website.

The seminar will take place Friday, Aug. 2, at 4 p.m. in One West.

Elizabeth Worcester, a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is one of the physics coordinators for DUNE.