XXth International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics

Poster Abstract

A.Hamer for the SNO Collaboration

Calibration of the SNO Detector

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is a heavy water (D2O) Cherenkov detector designed to detect 8B solar neutrinos. This is done via the charged-current, neutral-current, and neutrino-electron elastic scattering interactions with the target D2O. Success of the experiment necessitates an extensive calibration programme for characterizing and testing the SNO detector's response to Cherenkov light producing particles as well as backgrounds. This has required the development of a variety of specialized calibration devices which includes sources of isotropic light, gamma-rays, neutrons,and beta-particles. A detailed description of these devices along with their application in the SNO experiment will be given.

Based on "The 16N Calibration for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory," NIMA, vol 481/1-3 pp 259-271.
"The 8Li calibration Source for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory", NIM, to be published [nucl-ex/0202024]
"Measurement of the rate of nu_e + d --> p + p + e^- interactions produced by 8B solar neutrinos at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory," Phys. Rev. Lett. 87 (2001) 071301

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