18-19 June 2018
Fermilab, Wilson Hall
US/Central timezone
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Contribution Oral Presentation

Fermilab, Wilson Hall - One West

PROSPECT in a Nutshell


  • Xiaobin LU

Primary authors

  • Xiaobin LU (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


PROSPECT is a short-baseline reactor-based antineutrino experiment designed to precisely measure the $^{235}$U antineutrino spectrum and search for oscillations due to the existence of an eV$^2$-scale sterile neutrino. Deployed at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in early 2018, the optically segmented 4-ton $^{6}$Li-loaded liquid scintillator anti-neutrino detector utilizes pulse-shape discrimination and temporal and spatial topology to identify anti-neutrinos and reject most cosmogenic backgrounds. In addition, preparatory background measurment campaigns have enabled deployment of localized shielding to minimize reactor-related backgrounds to anti-neutrino measurement. This talk will serve as introduction to PROSPECT experiment and will also report on the results of these PROSPECT-external background measurements at HFIR.