Neutrinos are subatomic particles that exist in huge numbers in the universe, but interact with matter so rarely that examination of their properties is a major scientific challenge. We work with collaborations of scientists to build build machines weighing many thousands of tons that observe only small handful of particles. However, these few particles have surprising properties.
The MINERνA experiment measures the fine detail of interactions between neutrinos and atomic nuclei.
We have continued our viewer work with the Ariadne event viewer, an adaptation of the MINERvA and MicroBoone viewers. In addition, we do detector calibration; in particular, we are responsible for PMT nonlinearity.
We are currently working on several aspects of the MINERvA experiment. Foremost, we have developed an online data visualization tool to see current and archived events in the MINERvA detector. We have named this tool Arachne after an old legend about the goddess Minerva.
An analysis of stopping-muons is ongoing (Claremont).
An tabletop measurement to try to understand the Birk's constant of the MINERvA scintillator is in progress. (Brangham)
Event visualization via the Argo event display is our primary task, but we are also responsible for online monitoring of the detector, and plan to be involved in software and reconstruction.
These experiments are supported directly by the DOE as well as Fermilab and other institutions.
Work at the Otterbein neutrino group is supported by the NSF.