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Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the UniverseWPI

GADZOOKS! A Potential Super-Kamiokande Upgrade

Date: 19. February, from 15:30
Place: Room 633, 6th floor, Research Centers Building, Kashiwa Campus of the University of Tokyo.
Speaker: Mark Vagins (UC Irvine)
Title: GADZOOKS! A Potential Super-Kamiokande Upgrade
Abstract: Water Cherenkov detectors have been used for many years to study neutrino interactions and search for nucleon decays. Super- Kamiokande, at 50 kilotons the largest such underground detector in the world, has enjoyed over ten years of interesting and important physics results. Looking to the future, for the last five years R&D on a potential major upgrade to the detector has been underway - making neutron detection possible in Super-K would dramatically improve the detector's performance and extend its physics reach, particularly for supernova neutrinos and reactor neutrinos. The advantages and challenges of enriching Super-K with 100,000 kilograms of a water-soluble gadolinium compound will be discussed.