Date: Wednesday 28th January 2004
Title: Neutrino Oscillations and the MINOS Experiment
Speaker: Dr Mark Thomson (Cambridge)
The MINOS project is a long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment involving firing a beam of muon neutrinos 735 km from Fermilab to the deep underground MINOS detector. The construction of the MINOS far detector is almost complete and the first beam is expected in December 2004. The MINOS far detector has been recording cosmic ray and atmospheric neutrino data for over a year. In this seminar the current experimental status of neutrino flavour oscillations will be reviewed, concentrating on the recent results from Super-Kamiokande, SNO, KamLand and K2K. The physics aims of the MINOS experiment will be discussed in the light of these results. In addition, the design and current status of the MINOS experiment will be reviewed.