A Search for Muon Neutrino to Electron Neutrino Oscillations by Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux

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By Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux

The centerpiece of the thesis is the hunt for muon neutrino to electron neutrino oscillations which might point out a non-zero blending attitude among the 1st and 3rd neutrino generations (θ13), currently the “holy grail” of neutrino physics.  The optimum extraction of the electron neutrino oscillation sign relies at the novel “library occasion matching” (LEM) strategy which Ochoa built and applied including colleagues at Caltech and at Cambridge, which improves MINOS’ (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillator seek) achieve for developing an oscillation sign over the other process. LEM will now be the foundation for MINOS’ outcome, and may most likely hold MINOS on the leading edge of this box until eventually it completes its facts taking in 2011. Ochoa and his colleagues additionally constructed the winning plan to run MINOS with a beam tuned for antineutrinos, to make a delicate try out of CPT symmetry via evaluating the inter-generational mass splitting for neutrinos and antineutrinos. Ochoa’s in-depth, inventive method of the answer of a number of advanced experimental difficulties is a phenomenal instance for graduate scholars and longtime practitioners of experimental physics alike. one of the most fascinating leads to this box to emerge within the close to destiny may perhaps locate their foundations during this thesis.

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