The SNO+ experiment

Back, A R, Clark, K, Earle, A D, Falk, E, Gibson-Foster, A, Hartnell, J, Lefeuvre, G M, Leming, E J, Mills, Charlie, Mlejnek, M, Mottram, M J, Nirkko, M, Peeters, S J M, Rigan, M, Sinclair, J R, Stringer, M I, Waterfield, J, White, R F, The SNO+ collaboration, and others, (2021) The SNO+ experiment. Journal of Instrumentation, 16. P08059. ISSN 1748-0221

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Abstract

The SNO+ experiment is located 2 km underground at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Canada. A low background search for neutrinoless double beta (0) decay will be conducted using 780 tonnes of liquid scintillator loaded with 3.9 tonnes of natural tellurium, corresponding to 1.3 tonnes of [130]Te. This paper provides a general overview of the SNO+ experiment, including detector design, construction of process plants, commissioning efforts, electronics upgrades, data acquisition systems, and calibration techniques. The SNO+ collaboration is reusing the acrylic vessel, PMT array, and electronics of the SNO detector, having made a number of experimental upgrades and essential adaptations for use with the liquid scintillator. With low backgrounds and a low energy threshold, the SNO+ collaboration will also pursue a rich physics program beyond the search for 0 decay, including studies of geo- and reactor antineutrinos, supernova and solar neutrinos, and exotic physics such as the search for invisible nucleon decay. The SNO+ approach to the search for 0 decay is scalable: a future phase with high [130]Te-loading is envisioned to probe an effective Majorana mass in the inverted mass ordering region.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Detector development, Neutrinos
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Experimental Particle Physics Research Group
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 07:20
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101323

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