School of Physics and Astronomy

Anti-neutrino signals at SNO+

Research Group:Particle Physics Research Centre

Number of Students:1

Length of Study in Years: 3-4

Full-time Project: yes


QM Scholarship

Project Description:

The SNO+ experiment uses liquid scintillator as a detecting medium and can detect anti-neutrinos through the coincidence of a positron and neutron produced in the inverse beta decay reaction. The coincidence method is a powerful technique to identify anti-neutrino signals through all phases of the SNO+ experiment and offers the opportunity to study reactors anti-neutrinos, geo-neutrinos and possibly supernovae too. This project will focus on capturing the anti-neutrino signals with good efficiency and the rejection and quantification of possible backgrounds in order to make these interesting physics measurements at SNO+. SNO+ started data taking in 2017, with first liquid scintillator data expected in 2019 so this project is ideally timed for a high impact physics analysis.

SPA Academics: Jeanne Wilson