The question whether neutrinos are massive is one of the most important in today's physics. The observance of neutrino oscillations would prove the existence of a non-vanishing neutrino mass.
The NOMAD experiment searches for oscillations of muon neutrinos, provided by a high energy neutrino beam of CERN, into tau neutrinos, which shall be identified by their interactions in the detector. NOMAD will be a factor of 10 more sensitive as previous similar experiments.
A major part of the detector are 50 drift chambers (3m x 3m) built in Saclay. They serve as neutrino target and are used to reconstruct the tracks of charged particles.
I will participate in operating the drift chambers, as well as in the general data taking during periodoc stays at CERN. Finally I will contribute to the analysis of the data.