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Astrophysics with NOvA

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Matthew Strait (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)


The NOvA neutrino experiment, designed to measure electron neutrino
appearance in a muon neutrino beam, also has a wide-reaching
astrophysics program as a result of its unique size, granularity and
position. Unlike previous long-baseline neutrino experiments, the 14kt
NOvA far detector is on the surface, which enables a search for a
low-mass monopole component of cosmic rays. Despite ~150kHz of cosmic
rays, our detector's fine-grained nature and flexible DAQ allows a
search for upward-going muons caused by dark matter annihilation in
the Sun, a study which is particularly sensitive to lower mass WIMP
models. We also have several studies of the cosmic ray flux at both
our near and far detectors. Our supernova system is presented
in a separate poster. Finally, we are sensitive to potential signals
from the MeV to TeV range that may come in coincidence with LIGO/Virgo
gravitational wave events.


The astrophysics program of the NOvA neutrino experiment.

Experiment/Collaboration NOvA

Primary author

Matthew Strait (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)


Oleg Samoylov (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research)

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