SNO+ is a scintillator-based neutrino experiment that will be housed at the SNOLAB facility, located two km underground in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The SNO+ detector will be capable of exploring many new areas of neutrino physics including neutrinoless double beta decay and low energy solar neutrinos. This talk will give an overview of the SNO+ detector, will discuss the construction status of the experiment, and will outline the main physics goals that SNO+ hopes to achieve. Two areas which have been the main focus of my own research will be emphasized, namely the tagging of alpha backgrounds using pulse shape discrimination and using pep solar neutrinos as a probe for light sterile neutrinos.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:00am
Erin O'Sullivan (Queen's University)