6Li-Loaded Liquid Scintillator for the PROSPECT Short-Baseline Neutrino Experiment
Presented by Dr. Thomas LANGFORD on 23 Sep 2014 from 15:30 to 16:00
Session: Liquid Scintillator R&D III
Segmented antineutrino detectors placed near a compact research reactor provide an excellent opportunity to probe short-baseline neutrino oscillations and precisely measure the reactor antineutrino spectrum. Close proximity to a reactor combined with minimal overburden yield a high background environment that must be managed through shielding and detector technology. Novel 6Li-loaded liquid scintillators capable of neutron/gamma pulse shape discrimination and neutron capture tagging have been developed. These scintillators improve the ability to identify neutrino inverse-beta decays and reject background events in analysis. Results from these efforts will be discussed along with their implications for an oscillation search and a precision spectrum measurement.