Bulletin of the American Physical Society
4th Joint Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics and the Physical Society of Japan
Volume 59, Number 10
Tuesday–Saturday, October 7–11, 2014; Waikoloa, Hawaii
Session EM: Mini-Symposium on Sterile Neutrinos
7:00 PM–10:15 PM,
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Room: Kona 5
Chair: Jim Napolitano, Temple University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2014.HAW.EM.9
Abstract: EM.00009 : Detector Design and Background Simulations for the PROSPECT Short-Baseline Reactor Experiment*
9:15 PM–9:30 PM
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(Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab)
PROSPECT is a U.S.-based, multi-phase, 2-detector reactor antineutrino experiment whose primary goals are to probe short-baseline oscillations and perform a precise measurement of the reactor antineutrino spectrum at a research reactor. There are several challenges in developing a detector for such a measurement, including little-to-no cosmic ray attenuating overburden and relatively compact spaces in which the detectors can be deployed. The baseline detector design being considered for the experiment is a segmented organic scintillator array since this arrangement can provide the position resolution required for oscillation studies in a compact geometry as well a topology based event identification capability. To study this design concept the PROSPECT Collaboration has developed a versatile simulation framework in which the geometric parameters characterizing an array can be easily varied. This simulation includes optical photon propagation and realistic background generation to best mimic experimental conditions. In this presentation we will describe this simulation framework and detector design and background response studies performed with it.
*LLNL-ABS-656230: This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2014.HAW.EM.9
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