About the INPA Seminars

All seminars are on Fridays (unless otherwise noted) and start at 12:00 (noon) with a brief presentation of the weekly scientific news. Typically the talks end by 13:00. The seminars take place in Bldg. 50A, room 5132.

The committee members are:

The following Seminar schedule for the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics is tentative. The seminar becomes final usually a few days before the Friday of the talk.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact Paris C. Gordon at 510-486-4903 pcgordon@lbl.gov

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Morgan Askins (UCB) – Search for invisible nucleon decay in the SNO+ detector

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Many Grand Unified Theories predict processes that would allow baryons to decay to leptons, violating baryon number conservation. The observation of baryon number violation in nucleon decay would be a revelation as well as being pivotal in understanding the apparent asymmetry between baryons and anti-baryons in the universe. This is manifest in some theories primarily through the decay of nucleons to three chargeless leptons (e.g. n to 3 neutrino), which can only be observed through the resulting nuclear deexcitation gamma. This “invisible” nucleon decay could be observable in water through the deexcitation of the resulting oxygen-15 nucleus which emits a 6.2 MeV gamma and requires that backgrounds at these energies, in a large detector, to be extremely low. Presented here are the first results from the SNO+ light water phase which consists of nearly 120 days of live data taking. A blind analysis was performed using a Poisson counting method and a maximum likelihood method independently to obtain the results.


March 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Sessler Conference Room CA

INPA guests from campus can now come up to the lab early on Fridays. The INPA Common Room (50-5026) is reserved for our guests from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Note that the seminars are now held in 50A-5132 to accommodate a larger number of attendees.

Also, on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm you are welcome to join the INPA Speaker for a brown-bag lunch in the small Pers Hall conference room, 54-130B.

INPA Tea Series

The Physics and Nuclear Science Divisions have together been leaders in revolutionary changes in our understanding of neutrinos and cosmology. Everyone is welcome to attend the open forum. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

INPA Common Room (50-5026)
3:30 pm

Access to the Lab

For a shuttle pass please email Paris C. Gordon. Please note: the pass is only valid for the day of the seminar.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions please contact, preferably via email, Paris C. Gordon.