First results from the T2K experiment

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Abstract

Neutrino oscillations has been observed and confirmed at two mass splittings (\Delta m^2), which is consistent with three generations of neutrinos and an unitary mixing matrix. Despite the rapid progress in understanding neutrino oscillations in the last decade, two large questions remain about neutrino oscillation parameters at \Delta m^2 ~ 0.001 eV^2. Is \theta_{23} exactly 45 degrees, indicating an additional symmetry in neutrino mixing? Is \theta_{13} non-zero, which would mean there could be CP violation in the neutrino sector. If \theta_{13} is large enough, then such CP violation could be studied with future high intensity experiments such as the proposed Long Baseline Neutrino experiment in the US (LBNE). The Tokai-To-Kamioka (T2K) long baseline neutrino experiment is designed to precisely measure \nu_{\mu} disappearance (\Delta m^2_{23}, \theta_{23}) and search for \nu_e appearance (\theta_{13}). A beam of muon neutrinos is generated at the J-PARC facility in Tokai-mura, Japan, and is sampled by two near detectors, ND280 and INGRID, before reaching the Super-Kamiokande detector, 295km away. In this talk, a first look at \nu_{\mu} disappearance and \nu_e appearance will be shown from T2K, from the inaugural 6 month run ending in June 2010 (3.23x10^19 protons on target, at 15.5 kW x 10^7s).