Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment

Daya Bay Panorama

Panorama of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant Complex

VT Research Personnel:
Dr. Jonathan Link
Dr. Leo Piilonen
Dr. Patrick Huber

Jo Ellen Morgan (Research Staff)
Yuen-Keung Hor (Graduate Student)
Yue Meng (Graduate Student)
Christine Vadovski (Graduate Student)

Will Buehler (Undergraduate Student)
Derric Featherstone (Undergraduate Student)
Bobby Kania (Undergraduate Student)
Will Love (Undergraduate Student)
Own Lynch (Undergraduate Student)

Degrees Awarded:
Dragana Jusic (M.S. 2008)

The VT Daya Bay Team

Description of Research & Links:

The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment will attempt to observe neutrino oscillations using electron antineutrinos produced in the core of a nuc lear reactor. This particular type of oscillation, which has never been observed and is know to be rare (occurring less then 10% of the time), is the key to determining if neutrinos played a crucial role in generating the large matter-antimatter asymmetry the universe.

Civil construction of the tunnels and experimental facilities at Daya Bay has started in the fall of 2007. Detector construction will start in 2008, and data taking will start in 2010.

The Virginia Tech group is engaged in R&D on cosmic ray detectors that will be used to tag cosmic ray muons so that they will not result in a large non-neutrino background to the reactor neutrino signal.

VT Daya Bay Group Homepage
Daya Bay Collaboration Homepage

Planned deployment of the Neutrino Detectors
around the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant.

The distribution of photomultipliers around the Daya Bay detectors. The VT group is developing methods to tag cosmic ray muons using this system.

The Daya Bay effort at Virginia Tech is supported by a research grant from the US Department of Energy (DE-FG05-92ER40709).

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