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 perspective among the 1st and 3rd neutrino generations (θ13), currently the “holy grail” of neutrino physics. The optimum extraction of the electron neutrino oscillation sign is predicated at the novel “library occasion matching” (LEM) procedure which Ochoa constructed and carried out including colleagues at Caltech and at Cambridge, which improves MINOS’ (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillator seek) achieve for developing an oscillation sign over the other technique. LEM will now be the root for MINOS’ outcome, and should most probably retain MINOS on the vanguard of this box until eventually it completes its information 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 of CPT symmetry via evaluating the inter-generational mass splitting for neutrinos and antineutrinos. Ochoa’s in-depth, artistic 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. the most interesting leads to this box to emerge within the close to destiny could locate their foundations during this thesis.
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