Neutrino physics at the Hyper-Kamiokande detector (DIPC-LSC joint project)


Type of Project: Experimental

Location: Donostia

Francesc Monrabal

J.J. Gomez-Cadenas

Hyper-Kamiokande (HK) is to be the next generation of large-scale water Cherenkov detectors.  It is planned to be an order of magnitude bigger than its predecessor, Super-Kamiokande (SK), with the optimal design consisting of two half megaton tanks equiped with ultra high sensitivity photosensors. The Hyper-Kamiokande detector is both a "microscope," used to observe elementary particles, and also a "telescope" for observing the Sun and supernovas, using neutrinos.

The Hyper-Kamiokande project has an extremely rich physics portfolio that spans from the study of the CP violation in the leptonic sector and neutrino mixing parameters to proton decay, atmospheric neutrinos and neutrinos from astronomical origin. It is supported by both the HEP and Cosmic Ray communities.

The experimental particle physics group at DIPC has joined the HK collaboration with the purpose to collaborate in both the construction and the exploitation of the physics results from its data. The student will be working in the instrumental part of the experiment, understanding the main issues associated to a very large detector and the possible solutions that can be implemented. In addition, we also expect the student to explore and understand the rich physics case produced by this experiment.

The DIPC group collaborates with the Laboratorio Subterráneo de Canfranc as part of the Spanish group of the HK collaboration. In this specific internship the student will be a joint DIPC-LSC student, being allowed to visit the LSC facilities and participate on their part of the project.