Current Status and Future Prospects of the SNO plus Experiment

Andringa, S, Arushanova, E, Asahi, S, Askins, M, Auty, DJ, Back, AR, Barnard, Z, Barros, N, Beier, EW, Bialek, A
et al (show 146 more authors) (2016) Current Status and Future Prospects of the SNO plus Experiment. ADVANCES IN HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS, 2016. 61-.

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SNO+ is a large liquid scintillator-based experiment located 2km underground at SNOLAB, Sudbury, Canada. It reuses the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory detector, consisting of a 12m diameter acrylic vessel which will be filled with about 780 tonnes of ultra-pure liquid scintillator. Designed as a multipurpose neutrino experiment, the primary goal of SNO+ is a search for the neutrinoless double-beta decay (0$\nu\beta\beta$) of 130Te. In Phase I, the detector will be loaded with 0.3% natural tellurium, corresponding to nearly 800 kg of 130Te, with an expected effective Majorana neutrino mass sensitivity in the region of 55-133 meV, just above the inverted mass hierarchy. Recently, the possibility of deploying up to ten times more natural tellurium has been investigated, which would enable SNO+ to achieve sensitivity deep into the parameter space for the inverted neutrino mass hierarchy in the future. Additionally, SNO+ aims to measure reactor antineutrino oscillations, low-energy solar neutrinos, and geoneutrinos, to be sensitive to supernova neutrinos, and to search for exotic physics. A first phase with the detector filled with water will begin soon, with the scintillator phase expected to start after a few months of water data taking. The 0$\nu\beta\beta$ Phase I is foreseen for 2017.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in "Neutrino Masses and Oscillations" of Advances in High Energy Physics (Hindawi)
Uncontrolled Keywords: physics.ins-det, physics.ins-det, hep-ex
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 10:41
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:30
DOI: 10.1155/2016/6194250
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