The Little Neutrino Experiment That Could

Schematic of the PROSPECT neutrino detector and its proximity to the HFIR nuclear reactor. (Download Image)

Lawrence Livermore is a founding member of PROSPECT, the Precision Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment. The sophisticated neutrino–antineutrino detection system—the first aboveground detector of its kind—is sited at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

Many experiments conducted by Lawrence Livermore researchers are designed to explore questions of fundamental science. Others are intended to test-drive new mission-critical technologies. Perhaps the most exciting experiments are those that undertake both objectives. PROSPECT, the Precision Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment, is a unique neutrino–antineutrino detection project aimed at investigating fundamental particle physics and improving detection sensitivity for nuclear fission reactions.