14-17 September 2021
America/Los_Angeles timezone

Searches for new physics with a stopped-pion source at the Fermilab accelerator complex

15 Sep 2021, 12:15
Applications (dark matter, neutrino, medical physics etc.) Applications (2B)


Jacob Zettlemoyer (Fermilab)


The PIP-II complex at Fermilab is slated for operation later this decade and can support a MW-class $\mathcal{O}$(1 GeV) proton fixed-target program in addition to the beam required for DUNE. Proton collisions with a fixed target could produce a bright stopped-pion neutrino source. The addition of an accumulator ring allows for a pulsed neutrino source with a high duty factor to suppress backgrounds. The neutrino source supports a program of using coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS) to search for new physics, such as sensitive searches for accelerator-produced light dark matter and active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations. A key feature of a program at the Fermilab complex is the ability to design the detector hall specifically for HEP physics searches. In this talk I will present the PIP-II project and upgrades towards a stopped-pion neutrino source at Fermilab and studies showing the sensitivities of a $\mathcal{O}$(100 ton) liquid argon scintillation detector with a standard PMT-based light detection system to the physics accessible with this source.

Primary authors

Jacob Zettlemoyer (Fermilab) Dr Matthew Toups (Fermilab)

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