The Palo Verde reactor neutrino oscillation experiment

Andreas Piepke, F. Boehm, J. Busenitz, Michael Dugger, G. Gratta, J. Hanson, H. Henrikson, J. Kornis, D. Lawrence, K. B. Lee, D. Michael, L. Miller, V. M. Novikov, Barry Ritchie, D. Tracy, A. Vital, P. Vogel, Y. F. Wang, J. Wolf

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Our collaboration is operating a segmented scintillation detector, containing 11.3 tons of 0.1% Gd loaded liquid scintillator, at 750, 888 and 889 m distance from three nuclear power reactors. Goal of the experiment is to search for neutrino oscillations in disappearance mode. The anti-neutrino capture on the proton serves as detection reaction. The experiment is expected to reach a sensitivity of Δm2 > 1.3 · 10-3 eV2 and sin22Θ > 0.1. Our range of sensitivity is tuned to test the νμ ↔ νe solution of the atmospheric neutrino anomaly as reported by the Kamiokande experiment. Assembly of the detector in an underground lab, with 32 mw.e. effective overburden, is completed. Since June 1998 we are taking data at full reactor power. Detector design and performance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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