MINER: Utilizing Low Threshold Cryogenic Detectors and Movable Reactor Core to Look for Neutrinos that Defy the Standard Model
Mitchel Institute Neutrino Experiment at Reactor, MINER, neutrinos
Mitchel Institute Neutrino Experiment at Reactor (MINER) is a novel experiment that utilizes 100mm by 33mm sized cryogenic germanium and silicon detectors located a few meters from a research grade reactor. MINER uses advanced low-threshold detector technology, shielding based background rejection and detector-based background rejection of the SuperCDMS experiment. MINER is sensitive to the low-energy deposition expected to be produced by Coherent Elastic Neutrino Nucleus Scattering (CEvNS). The experiment, located 2 meters from the core of a nuclear reactor to maximize neutrino flux, is designed to look for physics beyond the Standard Model, including sterile neutrinos, by detecting CEvNS. Recently, the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector experiment has reported the first detection of CEvNS. MINER will confirm the detection and take advantage of the higher neutrino flux rate from the reactor to probe for new physics. I will describe the MINER experiment and discuss the current progress of the experimental setup.
Mammo, Joseph, "MINER: Utilizing Low Threshold Cryogenic Detectors and Movable Reactor Core to Look for Neutrinos that Defy the Standard Model" (2020). IdeaFest. 5.