The International Neutrino Summer School was sponsored by the Virginia Tech College of Science, the VT Physics Department, the Center for Neutrino Physics, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, The Sanford Underground Research Facility, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In reactor neutrino experiments such as Daya Bay, the oscillation is observed
as an electron antineutrino disappearance at a distance of about 2 km from the reactor. The
effect can only be measured with confidence in the comparison of detectors placed near the reactor
cores which measure the neutrino flux before significant oscillation has occured to
detectors placed farther away at a location close to the oscillation maximum. In this way
uncertainties associated with antineutrino production in the reactor, the interaction cross section
in the detector, and to a lessor degree detector efficiency will cancel in the near/far detector
comparison. Daya Bay Collaboration is the first to apply this technique and report results, finding:
The Borexino observation is consistant with the Standard Solar Model prediction for flux of
neutrinos from the pep fusion combined with the best fit model of neutrino oscillations.
See the Article in APS Spotlight
Leo Piilonen, of the Center for Neutrino Physics, has been elected as one of the spokespersons of the Belle Collaboration. As spokesperson, Prof. Piilonen will help guide the collaboration as they undertake the major upgrade of the experiment to Belle II.
CNP Director, Leo Piilonen, was selected as next Chair of the Physics Department. Jonathan Link was selected to succeed Piilonen as Director of CNP.