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IFAE Research Groups

Neutrinos Group

  • Neutrinos Group

    The neutrino physics group at IFAE studies the neutrino sector of the Standard Model, with the ultimate goal to understand the fundamental phenomena that have produced the observed asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe.

    Th group is led by T. Lux

    The T2K experiment in Japan

    The group had a leading role in the construction of the near detector TPC for the T2K experiment in Japan. T2K data have provided the most precise measurement of antineutrino oscillation parameters and the first indication of CP violation in neutrino oscillations, recently published in Nature.

    IFAE contributed to the analysis of the near detector in several aspects: from electron neutrino background determination to the development of the basic data selection of muon neutrino interactions. For many years, IFAE has had a member in the Executive Committee of the collaboration. As a result of these contributions to T2K, nine current and past members of the IFAE neutrino group were awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize on Fundamental Physics, together with other groups that have shaped the understanding of neutrino oscillations during the last decades.

    Inside of the Super-Kamiokande Detector Credit: Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo

    Future generation of neutrino long baseline experiments

    A significant improvement in CP measurements will be achieved in the T2K-II phase, which includes an upgrade of the beam and the near detector of T2K, ND280. The IFAE group plays a key role in the upgrade, with T. Lux being co-leader of the ND280 upgrade, which is a step towards the future generation of long baseline experiments, DUNE in USA and HyperK in Japan, as the upgraded ND280 will serve as the first near detector for HyperK.

    The neutrino group has also been involved in the design and construction of the protoDUNE-DP detector at CERN, which explored the possibility to use a liquid argon dual-phase time projection chamber as far detector for DUNE. For this prototype the IFAE group, together with the CIEMAT group, provided the photon detection system, based on 40 PMTs. In addition, the IFAE group played a key role in the overall installation and commissioning of the detector at CERN.

    ProtoDUNE
    Inside the first ProtoDUNE detector, before it was filled with liquid argon Credit: CERN
  • Group Members

    Neutrinos Group

    Staff Researcher

    Postdoc Researcher

    • Balint Radics

      Balint Radics

    PhD Student

    • Annalisa De Lorenzis

      Annalisa De Lorenzis

    • Loris Martínez

      Loris Martínez

    • Merlin Varghese

      Merlin Varghese

  • International Collaborations

    Neutrinos Group

    T2K

    T2K

    T2K is a neutrino experiment designed to investigate how neutrinos change from one flavour to another as they travel (neutrino oscillations).

      J-Parc (Tokai), Super-Kamiokande (Kamioka), Japan

    HK

    Hyper-Kamiokande

    The Hyper-Kamiokande (Hyper-K) detector is to be located 650m underground in the Kamioka mine, Hida city, Gifu prefecture, Japan. The detector fiducial volume of Hyper-K is planned to be 10 times larger than that of Super-Kamiokande, which will make it thr world’s largest underground water tank.

      Hida, Japan
  • Research Projects

    Neutrinos Group

  • Publications

    Neutrinos Group

  • Group News

    New Publication

    New Neutrinos group paper

    January 25, 2023

    The IFAE Neutrino group has a new publication: SuperFGD prototype time resolution studies ( I. Alekseev et al 2023 JINST 18 P01012) related to the T2K ND280 Upgrade project.

    New Position

    Pilar Casado accepted as a new member in the T2K collaboration

    January 12, 2023

    Pilar Casado has been accepted by the T2K collaboration as a new member.

    Instrumentation

    Testbeam campaign for the ND280 Upgrade TPC

    September 7, 2022

    The ND280 Upgrade TPC group is currently performing a testbeam with a full readout plane consisting of 8 Micromegas.

    Instrumentation

    Spain and Japan sign a MoU to promote the construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande neutrino telescope

    September 1, 2022

    The Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) of Japan and the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande neutrino telescope. IFAE is a member of the HK Spanish consortium.

    New Member

    New Member in the Neutrinos group

    July 6, 2022

    Annalisa De Lorenzis has just joined the Neutrino Group at IFAE to carry out an Industrial PhD with Qilimanjaro as business partner.

    New Member

    New Member in the Neutrinos group

    May 11, 2022

    Balint Radics has just joined the Neutrinos group as a María de Zambrano Postdoc researcher.