Thesis topic proposal
Yoshikazu Nagai
Search for New Physics at the T2K Experiment


Institute: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Doctoral School of Physics

Thesis supervisor: Yoshikazu Nagai
Location of studies (in Hungarian): Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Science, Institute of Physics (with visits to CERN, Geneva, Switzerland)
Abbreviation of location of studies: ELTE

Description of the research topic:

"Neutrinos are one of the most mysterious members of the Standard Model (SM), a framework for describing fundamental forces and particles in nature. Due to their elusiveness, properties of the neutrino are barely understood. This means that there is a possibility that a new physics beyond the SM may be revealed through studies of neutrino properties. Such measurements require huge amount of neutrino interaction data. One way to collect high-statistic neutrino-nucleus interaction data is to use a powerful neutrino beam.

The Tokai-To-Kamioka (T2K) experiment is the World’s leading accelerator-based neutrino experiment in the field. An intense neutrino beam is generated at the J-PARC accelerator complex (the east coast of Japan). The neutrino beam travels towards the T2K Near Detector (the ND280 detector) which is a magnetized multipurpose particle detector and the T2K Far Detector (the Super-Kamiokande detector) which is a gigantic water Cherenkov detector. Student who conducts this research topic will work on search for new phenomena beyond the prediction of SM utilizing high-statistic ND280 or Super-Kamiokande data. Students will have opportunities to travel to Japan for detector operation and will summarize her/his study as a Ph.D dissertation which will bring a new insight in the field of experimental neutrino physics."

Required language skills: English
Further requirements: 
Experience of computer programming (preferably C++), basic knowledge of particle physics. Student will join the experimental neutrino physics group at ELTE and travel regularly to the T2K experiment at J-PARC in Tokai, Japan.

Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-05-31

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