The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

Our group is also involved in the proposed next-generation DUNE project. DUNE, formerly known as LBNE, will investigate much of the same physics as T2K and will also include dedicated searches for nucleon decay and supernova neutrinos. The long-baseline oscillations part of DUNE will consist of an intense neutrino beam at Fermilab, in Batavia, IL, that will travel 1300 km to the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD. DUNE will have several 10-kton scale far detector modules using liquid argon TPCs as the principal detector technology. The near detector design process is ongoing, but will likely involve some liquid argon volumes along with a magnetized tracker. At Colorado, the group has been leading the effort to develop muon detector systems to monitor beam conditions. In existing beamlines, these types of detectors are placed just downstream of the hadron absorber and can monitor beam properties such as the intensity and direction. This helps to ensure that the neutrino detectors, which are farther downstream, see a high-quality beam. We are also getting involved in the near detector effort.