Periodic Reporting for period 2 - JENNIFER (Japan and Europe Network for Neutrino and Intensity Frontier Experimental Research)
Reporting period: 2017-04-01 to 2019-03-31
1. the construction, operation and data analysis of the Belle II experiment, which in the next years will collect an unprecedented data sample at the SuperKEKB accelerator at KEK laboratory, where to look for tiny signals of new physics phenomena, in a completely complementary way to the direct searches performed at LHC.
2. The precise measurement of the neutrino oscillation parameters at the T2K experiment and the design of the future neutrino facility in Japan, with the aim of improving the precision of the measurement up to reveal new properties, such as the so called “CP violation”.
Such issues and objectives belong to the research in fundamental physics which aims to understand the basic nature laws, and in turn the origin and evolution of our universe. However, such challenging experimental research require always relevant technology insights, which result in a boost for industrial innovation. Moreover the scientific collaboration between Europe and Japan and the wide communication activities included in JENNIFER are by itself an added value for the European society.
From the detector point of view, silicon sensors developed in JENNIFER are a challenging, but specific, application of the available technology, while a variety of photo-sensors are used and tested, with different properties which can find applications in nearby fields, like medical imaging and environmental monitoring.
JENNIFER is allowing to a community of about 200 european scientists to spend longer time doing research in Japan, in close collaboration with Japanese groups, thus fostering the sinergy and the cultural exchange between Europe and Japan. JENNIFER communication activities also enrich the European society involvement into the fundamental research and may push young people to start a research career.