Mini Booster Neutrino Experiment

Location of Research Facility:
Fermilab, Batavia, IL

VT Research Personnel:
Dr. Jonathan Link

Description of Research & Links:

The MiniBooNE experiment is designed to search for neutrino oscillations (a consequence of non-zero neutrino mass) consistent with signal observed by the LSND experiment. The LSND oscillation signal is controversial, because it has not been confirmed by any other measurements, and because it is inconsistent with the standard model of three neutrino types. MiniBooNE uses a beam of muon neutrinos produced at the Fermi National Accelerator laboratory, in Illinois, to search for an excess of electron neutrino events, which would form the signal for oscillations.

The Virginia Tech group is playing an integral role in data taking and data analysis, including: maintenance of the online monitoring system and study of neutrino induced events containing a π0 which are sometimes misidentified as electron neutrinos interactions in the detector.

BooNE Homepage at Fermilab

Accelerator Neutrino Experiments on the LSND and MiniBooNE (by W. C. Louis III)

Meeting on neutral ground: Neutrinos offer a link between cosmologists and particle physics (DOE Research News item, Nov. 1, 2002)

Fermilab experiment resolves long-standing neutrino question ( news item, April 11, 2007)

Aerial view of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois

Internal view of the MiniBooNE Detector

muon neutrino event
A typical muon neutrino event
in the MiniBooNE Detector
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