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Title: The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab: Design and status

Abstract

The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab will search for coherent, neutrinoless conversion of negative muons into electrons in the field of an aluminum nucleus. The dynamics of such charged lepton flavour violating (CLFV) process is a twobody decay, resulting in a mono-energetic electron with an energy slightly below the muon rest mass. If no events are observed in three years of running, Mu2e will set an upper limit on the ratio between the conversion and the capture rates Rμe of ≤ 6 × 10 -17 (@90% C.L.). This will improve the current limit of four order of magnitudes with respect to the previous best experiment. Mu2e complements and extends the current search for μ → eγ decay at MEG as well as the direct searches for new physics at the LHC. Indeed, such a CLFV process probes new physics at a scale inaccessible to direct searches at either present or planned high energy colliders. Observation of a signal will be a clear evidence for new physics beyond the Standard Model. To search for the muon conversion process, a very intense pulsed beam of negative muons (~ 10 10 μ/s) is stopped on an aluminum target inside a very long solenoid wheremore » the detector is also located. The Mu2e detector is composed of a straw tube tracker and an electromagnetic calorimeter consisting of arrays of CsI crystals. An external veto for cosmic rays is surrounding the detector solenoid. In 2016, Mu2e has passed the final approval stage from DOE and has started its construction phase. Data collection is planned for the end of 2021. Lastly, an overview of the physics motivations for Mu2e, the current status of the experiment and design of the muon beam-line and the detector is presented.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. National Inst. of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Rome (Italy). National Lab. of Frascati and Roma Tre Univ.
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Org.:
Mu2e Collaboration
OSTI Identifier:
1421536
Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-CONF-17-653-E
Journal ID: ISSN 2037-4909; 1653321; TRN: US1801522
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Il Nuovo Cimento. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: C40; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2037-4909
Publisher:
Societa italiana di fisica
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS

Citation Formats

Donghia, R. The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab: Design and status. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2017-17176-4.
Donghia, R. The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab: Design and status. United States. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2017-17176-4.
Donghia, R. Mon . "The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab: Design and status". United States. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2017-17176-4. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1421536.
@article{osti_1421536,
title = {The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab: Design and status},
author = {Donghia, R.},
abstractNote = {The Mu2e experiment at Fermilab will search for coherent, neutrinoless conversion of negative muons into electrons in the field of an aluminum nucleus. The dynamics of such charged lepton flavour violating (CLFV) process is a twobody decay, resulting in a mono-energetic electron with an energy slightly below the muon rest mass. If no events are observed in three years of running, Mu2e will set an upper limit on the ratio between the conversion and the capture rates Rμe of ≤ 6 × 10-17 (@90% C.L.). This will improve the current limit of four order of magnitudes with respect to the previous best experiment. Mu2e complements and extends the current search for μ → eγ decay at MEG as well as the direct searches for new physics at the LHC. Indeed, such a CLFV process probes new physics at a scale inaccessible to direct searches at either present or planned high energy colliders. Observation of a signal will be a clear evidence for new physics beyond the Standard Model. To search for the muon conversion process, a very intense pulsed beam of negative muons (~ 1010 μ/s) is stopped on an aluminum target inside a very long solenoid where the detector is also located. The Mu2e detector is composed of a straw tube tracker and an electromagnetic calorimeter consisting of arrays of CsI crystals. An external veto for cosmic rays is surrounding the detector solenoid. In 2016, Mu2e has passed the final approval stage from DOE and has started its construction phase. Data collection is planned for the end of 2021. Lastly, an overview of the physics motivations for Mu2e, the current status of the experiment and design of the muon beam-line and the detector is presented.},
doi = {10.1393/ncc/i2017-17176-4},
journal = {Il Nuovo Cimento. C},
number = 5,
volume = C40,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Dec 18 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Mon Dec 18 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}

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