“Inside Super-Kamiokande 360-degree tour” Features Work of Professor John Beacom And His Collaborators
“’Welcome to my secret underground lair,’ he [Professor Mark Vagins] tells me as we get to his lab.” A new essay with spectacular photos shows the inside of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector in Japan. The article highlights the joint work of Prof. Beacom and Prof. Vagins, who proposed in 2003 that Super-Kamiokande should be upgraded by dissolving a gadolinium compound into its ultra-pure water. This upgrade is now under construction. With it, Super-Kamiokande will gain much greater sensitivity to detecting neutrons, which is expected to help them isolate the faint signal of neutrinos from all past core-collapse supernovae throughout the universe. Neutrons are more often produced in the signal reactions than in noise reactions.
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Pictured is Super Kamiokande's photosensor which detect neutrinos as flashes of light. (Credit Asahi Shimbun/Getty)