Update on the MINOS Experiment at the Fermilab Main Injector
The results from several experiments studying atmospheric [2, 3, 4], and solar neutrinos [5, 6, 7, 8, 9] gives a strong indication that neutrinos must have mass and therefore must oscillate. Given that neutrinos have mass and that they interact only weakly with their surroundings, they represent a portion of the dark matter contained in our universe. While it is clear that neutrinos are not the major component of this dark matter, they do represent a segment of matter for which our knowledge is rather limited. The interest in investigating the properties of these particles in more detail has lead to the staging of several “long baseline” neutrino oscillation experiments. The NuMI(Neutrinos at the Main Injector) beam at Fermilab coupled with the MINOS(Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) experiment focuses on just these issues. In this paper we will describe the NuMI/MINOS programs at Fermilab and present a status report on these activities.
KeywordsDark Matter Neutrino Oscillation Solar Neutrino Beam Neutrino Main Injector
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- 1.The MINOS collaboration is an international collaboration with participants from the following institutions: Argonne National Laboratory, University of Athens, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Caltech, Cambridge University, College de France, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Harvard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Indiana University, ITEP-Moscow, Lebedev, Livermore National Laboratory, University College London, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Northwestern University, Oxford University, University of Pittsburgh, Protvino, Rutherford Laboratory, University of South Carolina, Stanford University, University of Sussex, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Austin, Tufts University, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Western Washington University, University of Wisconsin.Google Scholar
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