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New Physics Searches at the DUNE Near Detector Complex
December 3, 20191:15 pm – 2:15 pm (CDT)

New Physics Searches at the DUNE Near Detector Complex


Kevin Kelly (Fermilab)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

The upcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will enable precision measurements of physics in the neutrino sector, a long-standing goal since the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations was observed. In order to perform such ambitious goals, DUNE will consist of argon-based detectors: a 40 kiloton liquid argon far detector, and several components at its near detector site at Fermilab. Included in this near detector plan is the Multi-Purpose Detector, a gaseous argon detector surrounded by an electromagnetic calorimeter, all situated within a magnetic field. I will demonstrate how this Multi-Purpose Detector can be used for physics beyond neutrino oscillations, specifically, searching for the decays of new particles that could be associated with dark matter. If time permits, I will also discuss another component of the near detector complex, the movable near detector called DUNE-PRISM. I will show how DUNEPRISM can search for a different type of new physics via dark matter-electron scattering

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