PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 337 - Neutrino Oscillation Workshop (NOW2018) - Session IV: Neutrino masses, states and interactions
SoLid: Search for oscillations with a $^6$Li detector
L. Kalousis* on behalf of the SoLid Collaboration
*corresponding author
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Published on: April 24, 2019
Abstract
Several anomalies in the neutrino sector are pointing towards the existence of a new (sterile) neutrino state with a mass around 1~eV.
The SoLid experiment is located at the SCK$\bullet$CEN BR2 research reactor in Belgium and will investigate this possibility.
Using the large flux of antineutrinos generated in the reactor, it will collect a high statistics sample of Inverse Beta Decay (IBD) events.
These will be used to study the energy and distance dependence of the neutrino flux, which in turn will provide unambiguous support or reject the evidence of sterile neutrinos being the cause of these anomalies.

The measurement is challenging as one has to operate a detector very close to the high radiation environment of a nuclear reactor and on the surface with little overburden to shield against cosmic rays.
SoLid is employing a new technology combining PVT (cubes of $5\times5\times5$ cm$^3$) and $^6$LiF:ZnS(Ag) scintillators (sheets $\sim$250 $\mu$m thickness) to face these challenges.
The highly segmented detector is read out by a network of wavelength shifting fibers and SiPMs, which allows for a precise localization of the IBD reaction products.
Neutrons captured in the $^6$Li can be easily separated from electromagnetic particles $(e^{+},\gamma)$ which are absorbed in the PVT, due to the different response of the respective scintillators.

The 1.6 tons detector was installed towards the end of 2017 and is taking date since early 2018.
We will describe the detector design, the experimental setup at BR2 and the detection principle. This will be followed by a first look at the data.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.337.0067
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