I am currently working on the T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) project, a long-baseline neutrino oscillation search, with Professors Hearty and Oser . The experiment will send a neutrino beam from the J-PARC accelerator complex on the eastern shore of Japan to the Super-Kamiokande detector 295 km away in the Japanese Alps. The experiment searches for the transmutation of muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos which is the next major step in our understanding of the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations. Detection of this mode of neutrino oscillation will open the door to the study of differences between neutrino and anti-neutrino oscillations (CP violation) which may hold clues to how the universe evolved into its matter-dominated state through leptogenesis.
The UBC group has a leading role in the time projection chambers (TPC) and fine-grained scintillator tracking detectors (FGD) for the T2K near detector system (ND280). With our collaborators across Canada, we are playing a leading role in the analysis effort across T2K. I was formely convener of analysis activites for the near detector, and am now convening the analysis of data from Super-Kamiokande from the T2K beam,
With the experiment complete and data-taking in progress, it is a great time to join the effort. In addition to the analysis data, we are very active in the development of calibration and reconstruction algorithms. We also run a number of test-beam runs at TRIUMF with electrons, muons, pions and protons to understand the response of the detectors to the particles that emerge from neutrino interactions.