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Wednesday, August 12th 2015
Speaker: Jianming Bian and Greg Pawloski, University of Minnesota
Subject: First Results from the NOvA Experiment
Light refreshments will be served in the PAN lobby after the seminar

NOvA, the world’s leading long-baseline neutrino-oscillation experiment, uses a beam originating at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago to measure electron-neutrino appearance and muon-neutrino disappearance with a 14,000-ton detector in northern Minnesota. Understanding neutrinos is one of the most important goals of elementary particle physics and could lead to deeper understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe. University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students have played leading roles in the design and construction of the NOvA laboratory and detector, as well as in the analysis of data collected during the first year and a half of operation. This special seminar will present first results from NOvA’s electron- and muon-neutrino measurements, along with an overall introduction to the NOvA project and a discussion of future running plans and ultimate scientific reach.

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