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ProtoDUNE – Liquid Argon Experiment for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment DUNE - Optimisation and Data Analysis


Department of Physics and Astronomy

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About the Project

ProtoDUNE is a 770 ton liquid argon detector constructed at CERN as a test-bed for the huge DUNE experiment, a billion dollar international neutrino experiment in which a beam of neutrinos will be fired from Fermilab, USA to a 10 kton liquid argon detector in the Homestake mine, S. Dakota. The first phase of ProtoDune was successfully completed at CERN using early prototypes of the charge readout Anode Plane Assemblies (APAs) designed for DUNE and partially built by Sheffield. The next phase involves test of the final APAs of the type to be deployed in DUNE. The project involves commissioning and operation of this phase of ProtoDUNE, developing simulations of the final detector and analysis of particle beam data with a view to aiding DUNE itself. This includes study of electron lifetime performance and low energy performance. There will be opportunity for involvement in operations of ProtoDUNE at CERN and a chance for long term attachment at CERN or Fermilab (6-12 months).

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As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
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