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The MicroBooNE Experiment

Located at Fermilab, the MicroBooNE collaboration is currently operating a large 170 ton Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LAr TPC) that is located on the Booster neutrino beam line at Fermilab. The experiment first started collecting neutrino data in October 2015. MicroBooNE will measure low energy neutrino cross sections and investigate the low energy excess events observed by the MiniBooNE experiment. The detector also serves as a next step in a phased program towards the construction of massive kiloton scale LAr TPC detectors for future long-baseline neutrino physics (DUNE) and is the first detector in the short-baseline neutrino program at Fermilab.

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Recent News:

  • April 8, 2016: MicroBooNE project team recognized by DOE

  • November 2, 2015: First neutrino event candidates

  • October 15, 2015: first neutrino beam

  • August 6, 2015: First tracks in the TPC

  • July 9, 2015: Detector filled with liquid argon (170 tons, 34,000 gallons)

  • June 17, 2015: End of detector cooldown and start of liquid argon fill

  • April 21, 2015: Start of gaseous argon purge

  • June 23, 2014: Detector moved into LArTF

  • December 20, 2013: TPC inserted into the cryostat

  • August 22, 2013: Installation of our first detector subsystem, the light collection system, in the MicroBooNE cryostat

  • May 15, 2013: Fermilab is granted beneficial occupancy of the Liquid Argon Test Facility (LArTF), future home of the MicroBooNE experiment

  • March 8, 2013: MicroBooNE cryostat arrives at Fermilab


The experiment was proposed to the Fermilab PAC in Oct 2007 and received Stage-1 approval in July 2008.

  • December 2014: CD-4 approval
  • March 2012: CD-3b approval
  • September 2011: CD-2/3a approval
  • June 2010: CD-1 approval
  • October 2009: CD-0 approval



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