Neutrinos and the T2K experiment

Luke Southwell, Lancaster University

Friday 27 November 2015, 1400-1500
Cavendish Colloquium Room

The Tokai to Kamioka long-baseline neutrino experiment based in Japan observed oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos in 2014 and was the world's first experiment to observe electron neutrino appearance in a muon neutrino beam. In 2014 the experiment switched its beam from neutrino mode to antineutrino mode in order to attempt an observation of muon antineutrinos oscillating to electron antineutrinos.

In this presentation I will describe the T2K experiment and focus on the challenges of determining the electron antineutrino content in the antineutrino beam before oscillation, highlighting the importance of such a measurement.