The Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO) is a new neutrino experiment designed to shed light on one of the most elusive particles in physics. It is poised to be the most influential neutrino experiment in the world.
The JUNO collaboration has now released the physics motivations and anticipated performance of this important new facility onto the arxiv – ahead of official publication later this year in Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics.
The proposed 20 kiloton liquid scintillator detector will sit 700 metres underground, providing unprecedented energy resolution and sensitivity. Determining the neutrino mass hierarchy is the primary goal, but the scope of the experiment will give researchers insight into a large range of subjects. The data the team collect will enhance knowledge of supernovae physics, terrestrial radioactivity, dark matter, the birth of the universe — and will even be sensitive to ‘beyond the standard model’ physics.
And that’s just some of the headline news. It’s worth taking a look at the preprint to see what this new experiment could achieve – it’s due to start collecting data in 2020, pretty quick for a major experiment like this.
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