The neutrino group covers a wide range of activities:
DUNE will use Liquid-Argon Time-Projection Chamber (LArTPC) detectors, which promise to provide "photograph-quality" images of the charged particles emerging from neutrino interactions. Whilst the human eye/brain can usually interpret the complex LArTPC images, to resolve and identify individual particles, it is a significant challenge for an automated, algorithmic approach. The Warwick group is leading the UK's efforts to develop the Pandora LArTPC pattern-recognition software. A project on DUNE would involve the development of LArTPC pattern-recognition algorithms, most likely incorporating deep-learning approaches. The outputs from the pattern-recognition software would then be used to perform a physics analysis, working alongside one of the DUNE analysis groups.
HyperK is in the development phase and our activities can be read about here. A project on Hyper-K would involve R&D work on the two calibration systems we are constructing for Hyper-K, work on the data acquisition system and analysis work on validating the calibration system requirements using the Hyper-K neutrino flavour oscillation analysis.
JUNO is a next-generation neutrino experiment under construction in China. Using 20 kilotons of liquid scintillators, its primary goal is to detect neutrinos from nuclear power plants and determine the neutrino mass ordering. As an observatory that will operate for the next few decades, it will also study interesting phenomena involving neutrinos from various natural sources. The Warwick group is leading the effort in studying neutrino interactions in JUNO. A project in JUNO will involve analysing the first data and understanding and improving the performance of this brand-new detector.
T2K has been taking data since 2010. Our research interests revolve around making measurements of neutrino scattering cross section for different scattering modes which have not been measured before. We have studied: coherent scattering of neutrinos from nuclei, the first measurements of single pion production from electron neutrino interactions, and are working on measurements of neutral current interaction cross sections.
Projects are available in all of these areas. Please talk to
Dr Steve Boyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) for enquiries on Hyper-K
Dr Xianguo Lu (xianguo dot lu at warwick dot ac dot uk) for enquiries on JUNO