Thu28Feb20194:00 pmLewis Hall 101
Colloquium: MicroBooNE - Using Neutrinos to Probe Nuclear Physics for the Future
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Pittsburgh
MicroBooNE - Using Neutrinos to Probe Nuclear Physics for the Future
MicroBooNE is a large 170-ton liquid-argon-Time Projection Chamber Neutrino experiment located on the Booster neutrino beamline at Fermilab. The detector serves as a next step in a phased program towards the construction of massive kiloton scale LArTPC detectors for future long-baseline neutrino physics (DUNE) and is the first detector in the short-baseline neutrino program at Fermilab. A major physics goals of the experiment is to probe the source of the anomalous excess of electron-like events in MiniBooNE/LSND with improved detection capabilities. In addition, MicroBooNE has an extensive cross section physics program that will improve current models on neutrino-nucleus interactions, especially nuclear effects in argon, and decrease systematic errors in the oscillation program. This colloquium introduces the detector & performance of MicroBooNE and summarizes the status of MicroBooNE's neutrino cross section analyses.