Colloquium: "SoLid, a short baseline reactor neutrino experiment" by Nick van Remortel (UAntwerp)
Friday, 10 January 2020 from to (Europe/Amsterdam)
Several anomalies in the neutrino sector are pointing towards the existence of a new (sterile) neutrino state with a mass around 1 eV. The SoLid experiment is located at the SCK•CEN BR2 research reactor in Belgium and will investigate this possibility. Using the large flux of anti-neutrinos generated in the reactor, it will collect a large sample of Inverse Beta Decay (IBD) events. The neutrino energy spectrum as a function of detection distance will either support or reject the evidence of sterile neutrinos being the cause of these anomalies. The 1.6-tons hybrid scintillator detector was installed towards the end of 2017 and is taking date since early 2018. We will describe the design and setup of the experiment, its physics potential and overall technical performance, as well as some first physics results.