Current status and future prospects of the SNO+ experiment

Andringa, S. and Arushanova, E. and Asahi, S. and Askins, M. and Auty, D. J. and Back, A. R. and Barnard, Z. and Barros, N. and Beier, E. W. and Bialek, A. and Biller, S. D. and Blucher, E. and Bonventre, R. and Braid, D. and Caden, E. and Callaghan, E. and Caravaca, J. and Carvalho, J. and Cavalli, L. and Chauhan, D. and Chkvorets, O. and Clark, K. and Cleveland, B. and Coulter, I. T. and Cressy, D. and Dai, X. and Darrach, C. and Davis-Purcell, B. and Deen, R. and Depatie, M. M. and Descamps, F. and Lodovico, F. Di and Duhaime, N. and Duncan, F. and Dunger, J. and Falk, E. and Fatemighomi, N. and Ford, R. and Gorel, P. and Grant, C. and Grullon, S. and Guillian, E. and Hallin, A. L. and Hallman, D. and Hans, S. and Hartnell, J. and Harvey, P. and Kormos, L. L. and O'Keeffe, H. M. and Parnell, M. J. (2016) Current status and future prospects of the SNO+ experiment. Advances in High Energy Physics, 2016. ISSN 1687-7357

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SNO+ is a large liquid scintillator-based experiment located 2km underground at SNOLAB, Sudbury, Canada. It reuses the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory detector, consisting of a 12m diameter acrylic vessel which will be filled with about 780 tonnes of ultra-pure liquid scintillator. Designed as a multi-purpose neutrino experiment, the primary goal of SNO+ is a search for the neutrinoless double-beta decay (0$\nu\beta\beta$) of 130Te. In Phase I, the detector will be loaded with 0.3% natural tellurium, corresponding to nearly 800 kg of 130Te, with an expected effective Majorana neutrino mass sensitivity in the region of 55-133 meV, just above the inverted mass hierarchy. Recently, the possibility to deploy up to ten times more natural tellurium has been investigated, which would enable SNO+ to achieve sensitivity deep into the parameter space for the inverted neutrino mass hierarchy in the future. Additionally, SNO+ aims to measure reactor antineutrino oscillations, low-energy solar neutrinos, geo-neutrinos, to be sensitive to supernova neutrinos, and to search for exotic physics. A first phase with the detector filled with water will begin soon, with the scintillator phase expected to start after a few months of water data taking. The 0$\nu\beta\beta$ Phase I is foreseen for 2017.

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