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Award Detail

Awardee:MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Doing Business As Name:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PD/PI:
  • Janet M Conrad
  • (617) 324-6281
  • conrad@mit.edu
Award Date:12/04/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 5,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 5,000
  • FY 2018=$5,000
Start Date:12/01/2017
End Date:11/30/2018
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.049
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Support for the 'Beyond Standard Model Physics with Driven Neutrino Sources' Workshop at MIT
Federal Award ID Number:1806684
DUNS ID:001425594
Parent DUNS ID:001425594
Program:Particle Astrophysics/Undergro
Program Officer:
  • James J. Whitmore
  • (703) 292-8908
  • jwhitmor@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE
City:Cambridge
State:MA
ZIP:02139-4301
County:Cambridge
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:07

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Street:77 Massachusetts Ave
City:Cambridge
State:MA
ZIP:02139-4307
County:Cambridge
Country:US
Cong. District:07

Abstract at Time of Award

This award will provide support for the "Beyond Standard Model Physics with Driven Neutrino Sources" workshop. It will be held January 18-19, 2018 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. The primary intellectual merit of the workshop is in its potential to find a new approach to Beyond Standard Model (BSM) experiments. With respect to benefits to society, this workshop will aid in developing a diverse STEM workforce and encouraging multidisciplinary projects. The plan involves inviting a high fraction of talks by under-represented individuals. Also, the funding will be used to attract graduate students to this event. With respect to the multidisciplinary nature, the workshop will bring together members of the nuclear-, particle-astro-, experimental-particle-, theoretical-particle- and accelerator-physics communities. Funds are provided to support travel for attendees to a workshop that will allow theorists and experimentalists to develop new searches for beyond-Standard-Model (BSM) signatures using driven isotope decay-at-rest sources paired with existing underground detectors. The driven isotope decay-at-rest sources offer high intensity, very pure neutrino flavor sources. A driven source uses an accelerator to produce an isotope which beta-decays-at-rest. This enables the use of fluxes from very short lifetime elements, such as lithium-8. The short lifetime isotopes have relatively high energy endpoints for the flux, typically greater than 10 MeV. No such source has yet been produced, but the availability of such a source would transform the field.

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