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Workshop: Creating a liquid scintillator TPC for future neutrino physics

Wednesday 12th July 2012

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Organiser: Yorck Ramachers (Physics, Warwick)

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The EPP detector development group recently pioneered a new technology to operate room-temperature liquid scintillator detectors for neutrino physics.

Instead of utilising purely the traditional light signal from scintillating detector materials, it was shown that for several classes of liquid scintillator materials, electric charges can be transported over macroscopic distances, allowing the exciting prospect of large volume, room-temperature time projection chambers as neutrino detectors. This breakthrough could enable detectors of a size required for future neutrino physics (ten's of kilo-tons) at a feasible cost in contrast to existing proposals based on liquid argon, both financially and from an engineering perspective, while not compromising on the amount of information, i.e. physics, obtainable. Likewise, this technology might inspire an ultimate double beta decay experiment, effectively merging the current set of UK double beta projects, SNO+ and SuperNEMO with all their individual benefits such as large mass, particle tracking information and lowest possible background into one future experiment to reveal the particle nature and mass of neutrinos.



This is will be updated soon. Note, times are very approximate. Lunch at 1pm is fixed though.

Time Title Speaker
11:00 Agenda and Rationale
11:20 Concept update
11:50 UCL "Liquid Experience"
12:10 KamLAND expertise



Participation is by invitation only. Please contact if you think this workshop is interesting. Normally, we would be happy to accept self-invitations, but will not be able to pay for any expenses in this case.

The workshop will start on July 12th, 2012, at 11.00am at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

This list of participants is accurate as of June 11, 2012.

  Name Affiliation
1 Steve Biller Oxford
2 Mark Chen Queen's University
3 Yoshi Uchida Imperial
4 Lee Thompson Sheffield
5 Dave Waters UCL
  Ruben Saakyan UCL
  Yorck Ramachers Warwick
8 Nicola McConkey Warwick



To register on this workshop please contact


Venue and Accommodation

Upon arrival please proceed to room P5.21 in the Physics Department (building 47 on the campus map).

Accommodation for invited speakers shall be provided at

Radcliffe Training & Conference Centre
The University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7647 4711
Fax: +44 (0) 24 7669 4282

In case you are self-invited, please call the conference centre directly and arrange your stay.



Dr. Yorck Ramachers
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)24 76573878
Fax: +44 (0)24 76150897