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BooNE vs MiniBooNE

MiniBooNE refers to the first phase of the BooNE experiment and describes the neutrino oscillation measurements that will be made with a single detector. If neutrino oscillations are observed, then MiniBooNE will be upgraded to a second detector. This 2-detector arrangement (BooNE) will fulfill the second and final stage of the experiment.

The BooNE experiment sets out to definitively explore the neutrino oscillation signal reported by the Los Alamos LSND experiment. MiniBooNE represents the first phase for the BooNE collaboration and consists of a 1 GeV neutrino beam and a single, 800-ton mineral oil detector (the MiniBooNE detector). The MiniBooNE detector is located 500 meters downstream of the neutrino source, and is optimized to search for the LSND signal.

If MiniBooNE verifies the LSND signal, then BooNE will proceed to its next stage: a second detector built at the appropriate neutrino source-detector distance. This distance will be determined so that the 2-detector arrangement will allow for precision measurements of the oscillation parameters as well as a search for CP and CPT violation.