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Eleventh Applied Antineutrino Physics workshop to be hosted by Virginia Tech

     The Center for Neutrino Physics will be hosting the eleventh Applied Antineutrino Physics workshop December 7-8, 2015, at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Virginia. CNP faculty member Patrick Huber will be chairing the local organizing committee. This annual conference is focused on the applications of neutrinos in fields such as nuclear non-proliferation and geophysics. Past conferences have been held in Paris (2014), Seoul (2013), Hawaii (2012, 2005 and 2004), Vienna (2011), Sendai (2010), Angra, Brazil (2009), Paris (2007), and Livermore, CA (2006). The Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington is unique in that it is close to government agencies such as DOE, NSF, DARPA, and ONR. Participation at the conference will be limited to approximately 60. For more information, please email aap2015@phys.vt.edu.

NuSTEC School Spreads Understanding of Neutrino Interaction Physics

      The first NuSTEC School was held at Fermilab from October 21st through 29th, 2014. This event was sponsored by Virginia Tech's Center for Neutrino Physics and co-chaired by CNP's Prof. Camillo Mariani. NuSTEC, which stands for Neutrino Scattering Theory Experiment Collaboration, hosts school which is intended to be an annual event. The NuSTEC School is for PhD students and postdocs who are interetsed in the the theoretical and experimental aspects of neutrino scattering. In all 85 students attended lectures and recitations intended to develop a theoretical background on the physics of electroweak interactions with nucleons and nuclei. The program included 33 hours of lectures and 12 hours of evening recitations encouraging questions and discussion on all of the day's lectures. It should allow the participants to understand recent developments and to contribute to this field, which has become very important for the future of neutrino physics.
NuSTEC School Participants

Virginia Tech Approved as the Site of the Newest QuarkNet Center

     As of December 2014, the Center for Neutrino Physics is now the home of the Virginia Tech QuarkNet Center. QuarkNet is an outreach program run by the University of Notre Dame and funded by the National Science Foundation, which is aimed at helping high school teachers gain a deeper understanding of particle physics and to bring the excitement of it into their classrooms through inquiry-based instruction. The Virginia Tech QuarkNet Center was the educational/outreach component of the NSF CAREER Award of Prof. Camillo Mariani

Antineutrino Monitoring - A Real-World Application

     In an article selected for Physical Review Focus, Center for Neutrino Physics members Eric Christensen, Patrick Huber and Patrick Jaffke collaborate with recent CNP visitor Thomas Shea to discuss the potential of reactor antineutrino monitoring as a non-proliferation measure. Using Iran's heavy water reactor at Arak as a test case, they showed that a relatively small and portable above-ground, detector has the potential to monitor plutonium production or diversion from declared inventories, and to re-establish continuity of knowledge in the event of a reactor shutdown. The authors advocate further research and development.
Satellite image of the heavy water reactor at Arak, Iran.


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Patrick Huber discusses his recent paper on monitoring Iran's nuclear reactor using neutrinos with WVTF radio. Listen to the interview here.


Camillo Mariani, of the Center for Neutrino Physics, has been named as the recipient of a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Prof. Mariani's award will support his research on neutrino interactions in matter and create a QuarkNet center at Virginia Tech to attract high school teachers and students, with initial emphasis on neutrino physics.

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CNP members Bruce Vogelaar and Leo Piilonen were elected fellows of the American Physical Society.
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