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Status of the STEREO experiment

Abstract : The re-evaluation of the theoretical antineutrino flux emitted by nuclear reactors revealed a deficit of about 6% between the observed flux and the expected one. This so-called reactor antineutrino anomaly has a statistical significance of 2:7s, and one possible explanation to this deficit could be the existence of a light sterile neutrino state into which reactor antineutrino oscillate at very short distances. The STEREO project, which will be presented in this talk, aims to find an evidence of such oscillation. The measurement will take place at only few meters (9 m-11 m) from the compact core of the Institut Laue-Langevin research reactor in Grenoble (France), which provides a large flux of electron antineutrinos with an energy range from 1 to 10 MeV. The sensitive volume of the STEREO detector is 2 m3 of organic liquid scintillator doped with Gadolinium, consisting of 6 cells stacked along the direction of the core and detecting antineutrinos via inverse-b decay. This setup will provide excellent sensitivity to short-baseline oscillations effects by precisely measuring any relative distortion of the antineutrino spectrum as a function of both energy and baseline. Close proximity to the reactor yield a high background environment that is managed through heavy shielding surrounding the detector. A water-cerenkov muon veto will be settled above the detector to tag incoming cosmic muons. The detector is currently under construction and is expected to deliver its first results in spring 2017.
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S. Zsoldos. Status of the STEREO experiment. 38th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP2016), Aug 2016, Chicago, United States. pp.459, ⟨10.22323/1.282.0459⟩. ⟨in2p3-01351237⟩



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