Séminaire spécialisé

mercredi 16 mars 2016 à 11:15

Amphi Teillac

Recent Results of the Double Chooz Experiment

Thiago Sogo-Bezerra

Subatech (groupe Erdre)

Double Chooz (DC)  is a reactor neutrino experiment running at Chooz nuclear power plant in France. In 2011, DC first reported indication of non-zero θ13 in reactor neutrino oscillation by a single detector at around oscillation maximum (far detector, FD). Until then only the upper limit was given by the CHOOZ experiment. A robust observation of θ13 was followed in 2012 by the Daya Bay and RENO experiments with multiple detectors. θ13 is most precisely measured by the reactor experiments with the systematic uncertainties at per mille level and the value is  used as reference in current and future projects which aim to search for CP violation and mass hierarchy in neutrino sector. Therefore, precision and accuracy of the reactor θ13 is a critical matter and validation by multi-experiments based on different systematic uncertainty compositions are essential. In the last analysis of DC with single detector, precision of θ13 was dominated by the reactor flux uncertainty after suppression of background and detector related systematic uncertainties, and hence significant improvement is expected with two detectors. DC finished construction of the second detector close to the reactor cores (near detector, ND) and has accumulated about 1 year of data with two detectors as of February 2016. Thanks to nearly iso-flux experimental layout in DC, reactor flux uncertainties are strongly suppressed to the lowest level in the world. In this talk a first look on the ND data and its analysis will be shown.