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March 2nd, 2017 - Featured Speaker: Dr. Norm Buchanan

Exotic Physics at Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiments

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Speaker Bio: Prof. Norm Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Colorado State University specializing in neutrino physics and particle physics detector development. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2003 for the study of detector technologies for the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. He then went on to a postdoctoral position at Florida State University where he studied hadron physics, including searches for exotic physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle of Physics, at the DZero experiment located at Fermilab. Since joining the CSU faculty in 2010 he has been studying neutrino physics as part of the T2K and DUNE collaborations, and more recently the NOvA collaboration.  Prof. Buchanan has held leadership roles on several particle physics experiments including, leader of the DUNE photon detection system and currently as the leader of the NOvA data-driven trigger group.

Talk Abstract: The immense interest in neutrino oscillations and their other properties has led to the construction, and proposal of, long-baseline neutrino experiments that exploit extremely intense beams of neutrinos and massive detectors. These huge detectors provide the opportunity to probe physics unrelated to the neutrino beam that would not otherwise be possible, such as searches for proton decay and exotic objects like magnetic monopoles. I will discuss some of the exotic physics that can be explored using long-baseline experiment detectors along with detection technologies and techniques utilized. I will use the currently operating NOvA experiment and the proposed Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) as specific examples.

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