2017 International Neutrino Summer School

David Friant, Cody Milne, James Norris
Idaho State University

At the 2017 International Neutrino Summer School at Fermilab, three ISU students, James Norris, Cody Milne, and David Friant, wrote and presented, along with team-members from other institutions, three talks on various questions regarding neutrinos.  David Friant’s talk won the prize for best student talk.  The summaries of the three talks are as follows.

David Friant:
The talk briefly goes over both the history of neutrino detectors and different detector types. Furthermore, it compares over fifty detectors of various type from past and present experiments with regards to both active volume mass and spatial resolution. Special mention is made of the Hanford, Super Kamiokande, Ice Cube, OPERA, and DUNE experiments.

Cody Milne:
Understanding particle event reconstruction is vital for looking at particle event information. Using LArSoft, GEANT, and other software we were able to simulate neutrino events in DUNE's 10kt liquid argon TPC. We analyzed neutrino events over a wide range of energies and flavors and reconstructed their tracks and other information.

James Norris:
The difference between what we call neutrinos and antineutrinos in the Dirac and Majorana cases is explained, and we clarify the role of chirality in weak interactions and the difference between chirality and helicity.  This is done by employing spinor, Dirac and Majorana formalisms, writing out the latter two as a Lagrangian with free and interaction components.