2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Study of Electron Neutrino Events from Core-Collapse Supernovae in a Liquid Argon Detector
Helen E. Stanley
Dr. Thomas Kutter (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Vayujeet Gokhale, Faculty Mentors

Although neutrinos are the most abundant massive particles in the Universe, they are also among the least well understood. The Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) is a collaborative with the specific aim of learning more about the behavior and properties of neutrinos in order to flesh out the Standard Model of physics. The current project design consists of a beam of neutrinos shot from Fermilab to a liquid-argon detector located 1,300 km away, a distance which creates the Long Baseline. The detector is designed to be most receptive to this neutrino beam, but it also holds the potential to measure neutrino bursts emitted from core-collapse supernovae. The flux of neutrinos expected from core-collapse was used to generate events in LArSoft, a simulation software designed by Fermilab for planned liquid argon detection experiments, which was then used to determine if neutrinos emitted from core-collapse supernovae could be effectively detected.

Keywords: neutrino, core-collapse supernovae, liquid argon detector, LArSoft, LBNE, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment

Topic(s):Physics
Physics-Astronomy

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 310-1
Location: MG 1096
Time: 1:00

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