Goals of BooNE

BooNE's primary goal is to investigate the neutrino oscillation signal reported by the Los Alamos Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiment.

In 1995, the LSND collaboration presented strong evidence for the oscillation of muon anti-neutrinos into electron anti-neutrinos. These results led to mass-squared differences around 1 eV2 -- much larger than those observed by atmospheric and solar neutrino oscillation experiments.

The LSND measurement remains to be confirmed. If BooNE confirms this signal, significant changes would be demanded of our current model for understanding the building blocks of nature. In particular, a BooNE oscillation result would tell us that it is very likely that nature contains at least four different types of neutrinos, at least one of which would be almost totally non-interacting (or sterile). Ruling out the LSND signal would be an important result as well, because it would settle a persistent question in neutrino physics and move forward this important subfield of particle physics.

The BooNE collaboration will also explore other physics topics, from the fundamental understanding of neutrino interaction probabilities (cross-sections) to more exotic matters, such as neutrinos from supernovae and the neutrino magnetic moment.

Learn more about the LSND Experiment.