Free Meson Seminars

Coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering with COHERENT

by Prof. Kate Scholberg (Duke University)

Thursday, November 28, 2019 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at AG69
Coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) is a process in which a neutrino scatters off an entire nucleus at low momentum transfer, and for which the observable signature is a low-energy nuclear recoil.  It represents a background for direct dark matter detection experiments, as well as a possible signal for astrophysical neutrinos.  A measurement is also sensitive to beyond-the-Standard-Model physics, such as non-standard interactions of neutrinos.  First predicted in 1973, the process was measured for the first time by the COHERENT collaboration using the high-quality source of pion-decay-at-rest neutrinos from the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a CsI[Na] scintillator detector.  This talk will describe COHERENT's recent measurement of CEvNS, the status and plans of COHERENT's suite of detectors at the SNS, and future physics reach.