XXth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics

Poster Abstract


The MINOS Far Detector

The MINOS (Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) experiment will use a long-baseline nu_mu beam from Fermilab to the Soudan Underground Lab, comparing the nu signal at production and 735km later using similar detectors. The "Far Detector" is the part of the experiment located in Soudan, and is a 5.4 kt iron/scintillator layered calorimeter. It is currently under construction and rapidly approaching the half-way mark. Due to its layered construction, data can be taken immediately after a steel/scintillator plane is installed. Using cosmic rays as a signal, this has allowed valuable debugging and commissioning progress to be made along the whole experimental chain, from light produced in the scintillator all the way through the data analysis software. This poster presents some of the details of the world's newest neutrino and cosmic ray detector.

Based on a paper in preparation.

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