23-28 February 2020
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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EARTH, a meeting of neutrino- and nuclear- physics.

25 Feb 2020, 15:00
Main Venue

Main Venue


Frederick Smit (NRF iThemba LABS, Somerset West, South Africa)


Over the past 15 years, in the consortium EARTH (Earth AntineutRino TomograpHy), low energy experiments have been carried out with the detection of antineutrinos as a theme. The ultimate goal was to learn more about the role of nuclear decay in the interior of the Earth [1-3]. This required developing direction sensitive antineutrino detection to detect geoneutrinos. Here searching for remnants of possible nuclear reactions may also provide clues [4]. Other experiments were done into whether neutrinos from the Sun have a greater influence on radioactive decay than is commonly accepted by using antineutrinos from reactors as a surrogate to investigate these claims [5]. The work done on these unfinished projects will be reviewed and some ideas for future work will be given.

[1] R.J. de Meijer et al., Earth, Moon and Planets 99 (2006) 193
[2] F.D. Smit et al., PoS (FNDA2006) 096
[3] F.D. Brooks et al., AIP Conference Proceedings 1412, 177 (2011)
[4] R.J. de Meijer et al., Radiation Physics and Chemistry 71 (2004) 769
[5] R.J. de Meijer et al., Applied Radiation and Isotopes 69 (2011) 320

Primary authors

Prof. Rob de Meijer (Stichting EARTH, 9321 XS2, Peize, the Netherlands and Dept. of Physics, University of the Western Cape, Belleville, South Africa.) Frederick Smit (NRF iThemba LABS, Somerset West, South Africa)

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