20-27 July 2011
Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo
Europe/Paris timezone

Status of ICARUS T600 at LNGS

22 Jul 2011, 15:20
Oisans (Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo)


Alpes Congrès - Alpexpo

Parallel session talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Dr Filippo Varanini (INFN Padova)


ICARUS-T600 is the first example of an innovative detection technology, the liquid Argon TPC, which is a sort of "electronic bubble chamber", potentially scalable to huge masses. The excellent topology reconstruction, tracking and particle identification capabilities, together with the calorimetric measurement of deposited energy, make the LAr-TPC an ideal detector for the study of rare events such as neutrino interactions and nucleon decay. With a mass of 600 tons, ICARUS is the largest LAr-TPC ever built. It has been installed at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory and has been taking data since May 2010. ICARUS is performing a broad physics programme, mainly centered on the study of the neutrinos in the CNGS beam from CERN, but also including neutrinos from natural sources. The characteristics and performance of LAr-TPCs will be illustrated, and first results from the physics runs of ICARUS-T600 in 2010 and 2011 will be shown; future projects based on LAr-TPCs, especially concerning the search for sterile neutrinos, will also be discussed.

Primary author

Dr Filippo Varanini (INFN Padova)

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