The super-kamiokande experiment


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© 2008 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Super-Kamiokande is a 50 kiloton water Cherenkov detector located at the Kamioka Observatory of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo. It was designed to study neutrino oscillations and carry out searches for the decay of the nucleon. The Super-Kamiokande experiment began in 1996 and in the ensuing 10 years of running has produced extremely important results in the fields of atmospheric and solar neutrino oscillations. Furthermore, it has set stringent limits on the decay of the nucleon and the existence of dark matter and astrophysical sources of neutrinos. Perhaps most crucially, Super-Kamiokande was the first to definitively show that neutrinos have mass and undergo flavor oscillations. This chapter will summarize the published scientific output of the experiment with a particular emphasis on the atmospheric neutrino results.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walter, CW

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Book Title

  • Neutrino Oscillations: Present Status and Future Plans

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 43

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 9812771964

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789812771964

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1142/9789812771971_0002

Citation Source

  • Scopus