The Physics of Super- and Hyper-Kamiokande
講 師： Prof. Roger Wendell (Kyoto University)
Abstract: The Super-Kamiokande experiment has been producing physics results in both particle physics and astrophysics since 1996. Not only were neutrino oscillations first observed in atmospheric neutrinos at Super-Kamiokande, but its observations of solar neutrinos were a critical part of resolving the "solar neutrino problem". Further, it currently holds the world's most stringent limits on nucleon decay and is the detector best suited to studying neutrinos from a galactic supernova. These lectures will discuss these and other topics, and will discuss the physics reach of Super-Kamiokande in broad strokes suitable for theoretical as well as an experimental audience. In addition to presenting the history of the experiment and its results, these lectures will also discuss its future as well as what can be expected at the next-generation experiment, Hyper-Kamiokande, which will be roughly 10 times larger. ● Lecture 1: (a) Introduction to Super-Kamiokande (b) Low Energy Physics - Solar neutrino, Supernova neutrinos, and neutrino oscillations ● Lecture 2: (a) High Energy Physics (b) Atmospheric Neutrinos as Signal - PMNS oscillations, exotic oscillations, and interplay with accelerator neutrinos (b) Atmospheric Neutrinos as Background - Proton decay searches, dark matter searchers, and astrophysical neutrinos ● Lecture 3: (a) Future of Super-Kamiokande - Sensitivity prior to Hyper-Kamiokande and physics with a Gd-loaded water target (b) Physics of Hyper-Kamiokande - Measurement prospects for both accelerator and non-accelerator sources, including topics not available to Super-Kamiokande. The lectures will be given in English. Registration should be made at the Academic Administration Division of the main office of Faculty of Science by July 2 (Tue).