The SoLid experiment

Leonidas Kalousis

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The SoLid experiment is a short-baseline project, probing the disappearance of reactor antineutrinos using a novel detector design. Installed at a very short distance of ~ 5.5 - 10 m from the BR2 research reactor at SCKcenterdotCEN in Mol (Belgium) it will be able to search for active-to-sterile neutrino oscillations, exploring most of the allowed parameter region. SoLid will make use of a highly segmented detector, built from 5 cm PVT cubes, interleaved with 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) screens, and read out by optical fibers and Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). The detector granularity allows for the localization of the positron and neutron signals from antineutrino interactions and the robust neutron identification capabilities, offered by the 6LiF:ZnS(Ag) inorganic scintillator, provide background suppression to an unparalleled level.

This paper reviews the experimental layout and current status of SoLid. Emphasis is put on the challenges one faces towards this measurement, focusing on the decisions and strategy adapted by the SoLid collaboration. The analysis scheme and the details of the oscillation framework are also presented, highlighting the sensitivity contour and physics potential of SoLid. Finally, other physics topics, such as, reactor monitoring or measurement of the 235U spectrum are also covered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Physics: conference series
Subtitle of host publication27th International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
PublisherIOP Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXXVII International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20169 Jul 2016


ConferenceXXVII International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
Abbreviated titleNeutrino2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
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