8-13 September 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

The SNO+ Experiment

11 Sep 2013, 16:40
20m
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral Double Beta Decay Double Beta Decay/ Neutrino Mass IV

Speaker

Prof. Steven Biller (Oxford University)

Description

The SNO+ liquid scintillator experiment, due to begin taking data over the next year, aims to probe a wide range of fundamental physics. One of the highest priorities for the project is a sensitive search for neutrinoless double beta decay, to be achieved by loading large quantities of 130Te into the scintillator and taking advantage of a large, highly pure, self-shielded liquid volume. Preliminary estimates suggest that an initial loading of 0.3% natural tellurium could yield a sensitivity for Majorana masses near the top of the inverted hierarchy range. If successful, a further increase in loading by a factor of ten may allow the majority of the inverted hierarchy to be critically examined in the near future. The current status of SNO+ and potential advantages of the Te-loaded scintillator approach will be presented.

Primary author

Prof. Steven Biller (Oxford University)

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