Secrets from the Sun – The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory experiment, past, present and future

Dr Helen O'Keeffe, Lancaster University

Friday 30 October 2015, 1400-1500
Cavendish Colloquium Room

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) was a 1000 tonne heavy-water Cherenkov detector located in an ultra-clean laboratory, 2 km underground in an active nickel mine. The experiment ran between 1999 and 2006 and successfully resolved the long standing “solar neutrino problem”. This resulted in the award of the 2015 Nobel Prize for physics to the SNO director, Professor Arthur McDonald. In this seminar, I will present an overview of the SNO experiment, its results and discuss future prospects for low-energy neutrino physics with the SNO+ experiment.