CEvNS and NINs: Observation of Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering by COHERENT

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:35am
Room #1 LeConte Hall
Duke University
Public Lecture: 

Coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) is a process in which a neutrino scatters off an entire nucleus and for which the observable signature is a tiny nuclear recoil. The process was first predicted in 1973. It was measured for the first time by the COHERENT collaboration using the unique, high-quality source of neutrinos from the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a cesium iodide crystal scintillator detector. This talk will describe COHERENT's recent measurement of CEvNS, the status and plans of COHERENT's suite of the detectors at the SNS, and future physics reach.