PhD project: Neutrino Physics with Hyper-K

Project description

The PPE has group recently joined the Hyper-Kamiokande collaboration. This is a planned next generation long baseline neutrino experiment that will be constructed in Japan, ready to start to data taking in 2025. It is a 500 kton water Cherenkov detector that has a wide physics program including the measurement of CP violation in the lepton sector, the study of solar, atmospheric and (potentially) supernova neutrinos and a search for proton decay. For the CP violation measurement Hyper-K will detect neutrinos from a neutrino beam sent from JPARC at Tokai to the Kamiokande mine and operate in conjunction with a smaller detector closer to the origin of the beam.

The Edinburgh group is involved in design studies to optimize the geometry and layout for a proposed new intermediate water Cherenkov detector (E61) that is critical for understanding systematic uncertainties in the CP violation measurement and is also involved in photon detector R&D for the Hyper-K detector Outer veto detector. 

Possible projects

  • photosensor R&D and tests for the Outer Detector
  • Detector simulation and physics sensitivity studies for the Outer detector for the proposed intermediate detector E61

If you are interested in pursuing a Master's or PhD in any of the above areas or if you have an idea of your own then please get in contact with mneedham [at] (subject: Hyper-K%20postgraduate%20opportunities) (Matthew Needham).

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