By Juan Pedro Ochoa-Ricoux
The centerpiece of the thesis is the quest for muon neutrino to electron neutrino oscillations which might point out a non-zero blending attitude among the 1st and 3rd neutrino generations (θ13), currently the “holy grail” of neutrino physics. The optimum extraction of the electron neutrino oscillation sign relies at the novel “library occasion matching” (LEM) technique which Ochoa built and carried out including colleagues at Caltech and at Cambridge, which improves MINOS’ (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillator seek) succeed in for setting up an oscillation sign over the other technique. LEM will now be the foundation for MINOS’ outcome, and should most likely continue MINOS on the leading edge of this box until eventually it completes its info taking in 2011. Ochoa and his colleagues additionally constructed the profitable plan to run MINOS with a beam tuned for antineutrinos, to make a delicate try out of CPT symmetry by way of evaluating the inter-generational mass splitting for neutrinos and antineutrinos. Ochoa’s in-depth, inventive method of the answer of quite a few advanced experimental difficulties is an exceptional instance for graduate scholars and longtime practitioners of experimental physics alike. the most intriguing ends up in this box to emerge within the close to destiny could locate their foundations during this thesis.
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