Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Fort Collins LBNE meeting was quite fun. It was exciting seeing the progress that we have made on the path to CD-2. I also enjoyed our Young LBNE outing at Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing. Our CSU members did a great job hosting, and it was nice getting to see Fort Collins, despite certain unusual meteorological conditions.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the Young LBNE lunch on Friday since my ride decided to leave early due to concern over the once-in-a-century flooding's effect on the roads. We ended up missing our afternoon flights anyway since the bridge over the South Platte on route 85 in Evans closed just before we got there, and we ended up having to go all the way around northeast to Sterling and I-76 to get to Denver. Luckily we were able to reschedule our flights for Saturday morning. It was a little inconvenient but nothing compared to what so many people in Boulder have gone through; I hope that Colorado won't see such rain again for a very, very long time.

Monday, September 2, 2013

    There is only one week until the LBNE collaboration meeting in Fort Collins, CO. This meeting will be especially exciting since not only will it be the first meeting following the recent Snowmass-on-the-Mississippi particle physics community study, but also members of LBNO will be attending. LBNO, or Long Baseline Neutrino Oscillations, is the European neutrino physics community's parallel long baseline neutrino oscillation collaboration, and is affiliated with LAGUNA (Large Apparatus for Grand Unification and Neutrino Astrophysics).

    LBNO has chosen to pool its efforts with LBNE in constructing one single long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment. This is exactly the international partnership that the leadership of LBNE and DOE have been eager to obtain in order to expand our physics scope to the original plan of a large underground far detector at SURF for the first phase of LBNE. Placing the detector underground will be critical to eliminating the enormous cosmic background. I have been working on reconstruction of events this summer and have seen that it will be challenging enough to reconstruct them even without the cosmic background. With new international partners backing an underground far detector,  hopefully we will be able to avoid having to deal with the cosmic background at the surface. Also, our partnership with LBNO will bring greater manpower to our development of the LBNE Monte Carlo simulation, reconstruction, and analysis software. In particular, it will be very helpful to work with physicists with experience on ICARUS's liquid argon detector.

   I look forward to seeing the other members of Young LBNE and the whole collaboration next week!