11 Dec 2019



Measuring Neutrino Oscillations with the T2K Experiment




Co-supervisors: PPD - A. Weber, Lancaster University - H. O'Keef​fe

T2K is one of the leading neutrino oscillations experiments and located in Japan. A 500 kW proton beam from J-PARC at the east coast of Japan generates an intense beam of muon (anti-)neutrinos that travel almost 300 km to the Super-Kamiokande detector in the west of Japan. Studying the transition from muon to other neutrinos allows the T2K experiment to make precision measurements of many of the parameters governing the process of neutrino oscillations. Precision measurements have allowed us to find first hints of CP-violation in the neutrino sector.

The particle physics department (PPD) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is one of the founding collaborators of T2K, providing leadership in the construction of the Near Detector electronics and DAQ and taking a leading role in the oscillation analysis.  We are able to offer a studentship to work on this exciting project in partnership with the University of Lancaster (Dr Helen O’Keeffe).  Lancaster University led the construction of the Near Detector Electromagnetic Calorimeter and leads the development of near detector selections.

We are heavily involved with the use of near detector data samples to constrain systematic uncertainties modelling neutrino interactions as well as the use of data from both detectors to measure the oscillation parameters. We expect the student to work in one of these areas. Long-term visits to Japan to support data taking are possible, but not required.​

Contact: Weber, Alfons (STFC,RAL,PPD)