|Title:||Neutrino Physics - DUNE Experiment|
A studentship is available to work with Prof Simon J.M. Peeters on the development of the DUNE neutrino experiment and the study of neutrinos. DUNE is a next generation neutrino experiment planned to start running in the second half of the next decade. A beam of neutrinos will be sent 1,300 km from Fermilab near Chicago to the Stanford Underground Research Facility, in South Dakota. The far detector consists of four Time-Projection Chamber (TPC) modules, using 40 ktonnes of liquid argon as a neutrino target. This allows to measure the products of neutrino interactions in great detail. The primarily physics goal of the experiment is to understand if the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the Universe is due to CP violation in the neutrino sector. The detector is also able to observe a range of astrophysical neutrinos (e.g. from supernovae, the Sun, or dark matter annihilation). Projects in this area will be focussed on data acquisition, detector simulation, and low-energy neutrinos (as these will be the most challenging to detect). There will be the opportunity to become involved in testbeam activities, such as protoDUNE at CERN.
Funding is available for a September 2021 start which includes a tax-free bursary (expected to be £15,560 per annum in 2021/22) and fully paid tuition fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March initially and will continue until positions are filled. Applications from self-funded students interested in available projects are also welcome at any time of the year.
For more information please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith: W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk
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