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Detector Research and Development

New detector technology for neutrino physics experiments

Our detector research and development targets innovative technology for neutrino experiments. This covers various diverse topics, from recent efforts into accelerator-based neutrino physics and neutrino astrophysics applications to specific neutrino mass searches using single and double beta decay.

Our group structure benefits from the tight integration of technological expertise in experiment, computation and theory.


Quantum Technologies for Neutrino Mass (QTNMLink opens in a new window)

This is a very new initiative, aiming at measuring the absolute neutrino mass eventually. The first funded phase, which started in February 2021, will create a prototype, the cyclotron radiation emission spectroscopy demonstrator apparatus (CRESDA). The main aim of this project is to create a future, ultimate sensitivity tritium decay endpoint measurement in order to measure the absolute neutrino mass as model-independent as possible.

LEGEND (external link)

The Warwick group joined this next-generation double-beta decay experiment recently, in 2020, with a view to continuing this exciting research topic beyond SuperNEMO, with the latter finishing its construction phase. The LEGEND pre-cursor phase, LEGEND-200 will begin taking data in 2021 but the main phase, LEGEND-1000 is in its design stage and we currently focus our efforts on simulation development.


Warwick TPC Platform (WarTPC)


SuperNEMO is a double-beta decay experiment, looking to unravel the intrinsic nature of neutrinos as well as measuring the effective electron (anti-)neutrino rest mass. The Warwick group joined the international collaboration in 2010. Currently, we contribute to the physics analysis and software development work package.


The High-Pressure gas TPC (HPgTPC) will be the ultimate detector to study neutrino interactions. We focus on gas studies, readout technology development, and practical solutions to gas quality control. This platform provides strong local support to the UK community of gas TPC R&D in accelerator-neutrino experiments. We are part of the EU AIDAinnova Project (Task 7.4) and have received further support from the STFC Early Technology Development Capital Funding.