Searching for Exotic Signals with the NOvA Experiment
January 31, 2022
May 12, 2022
Two highly segmented NOvA scintillation detectors, separated by 810 km and located in the path
of the NuMI neutrino beam produced at Fermilab, are optimized to study the neutrino oscillation
phenomenon. At the same time, the larger Far Detector with 4,000 m2 surface area is capable to
search for the low-mass magnetic monopoles, and to monitor the flux of the high-multiplicity
cosmic ray showers. The smaller Near Detector, located 100 m underground at Fermilab, is able
to search for the presence of possible elusive Dark Matter particles in the high-intensity NuMI
neutrino beam, and to study the seasonal variations of multi-muon cosmic flux component. Both
NOvA detectors serve in combination as a powerful supernova neutrino detector, and allow for
the multi-messenger signal searches in coincidence with LIGO/Virgo gravitational wave events.
A survey of the most recent NOvA results on these topics is presented.
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