The MiniBooNE detector

A. A. Aguilar-Arevalo, C. E. Anderson, L. M. Bartoszek, A. O. Bazarko, S. J. Brice, B. C. Brown, L. Bugel, J. Cao, L. Coney, J. M. Conrad, D. C. Cox, A. Curioni, Z. Djurcic, D. A. Finley, B. T. Fleming, R. Ford, F. G. Garcia, G. T. Garvey, C. Green, J. A. GreenT. L. Hart, E. Hawker, R. Imlay, R. A. Johnson, G. Karagiorgi, P. Kasper, T. Katori, T. Kobilarcik, I. Kourbanis, S. Koutsoliotas, E. M. Laird, S. K. Linden, J. M. Link, Y. Liu, Y. Liu, W. C. Louis, K. B.M. Mahn, W. Marsh, P. S. Martin, G. McGregor, W. Metcalf, H. O. Meyer, P. D. Meyers, F. Mills, G. B. Mills, J. Monroe, C. D. Moore, R. H. Nelson, V. T. Nguyen, P. Nienaber, J. A. Nowak, S. Ouedraogo, R. B. Patterson, D. Perevalov, C. C. Polly, E. Prebys, J. L. Raaf, H. Ray, B. P. Roe, A. D. Russell, V. Sandberg, W. Sands, R. Schirato, G. Schofield, D. Schmitz, M. H. Shaevitz, F. C. Shoemaker, D. Smith, M. Soderberg, M. Sorel, P. Spentzouris, I. Stancu, R. J. Stefanski, M. Sung, H. A. Tanaka, R. Tayloe, M. Tzanov, R. Van de Water, M. O. Wascko, D. H. White, M. J. Wilking, H. J. Yang, G. P. Zeller, E. D. Zimmerman

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The MiniBooNE neutrino detector was designed and built to look for νμ → νe oscillations in the (sin2 2 θ, Δ m2) parameter space region where the LSND experiment reported a signal. The MiniBooNE experiment used a beam energy and baseline that were an order of magnitude larger than those of LSND so that the backgrounds and systematic errors would be completely different. This paper provides a detailed description of the design, function, and performance of the MiniBooNE detector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-46
Number of pages19
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the support of Fermilab, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. We thank Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for LDRD funding. We also acknowledge Dmitri Toptygin and Anna Pla for optical measurements of the mineral oil. The MiniBooNE detector could not have been built without the support provided by Fermilab, Los Alamos, and Princeton University technicians. In particular Andy Lathrop from the Fermilab Mechanical Department was crucial to the installation and maintenance of the various utilities, including the nitrogen gas system. Camilo Espinoza and Neil Thompson from LANL played a major role in the installation of the oil plumbing and detector electronics. Ben Sapp, Shawn McKenney, and Nate Walbridge from LANL were instrumental in the development and installation of the DAQ hardware and software. The PMT testing and preparation owed much to the efforts of Fermilab technicians, Sabina Aponte, Lyudmila Mokhov, and Galina Terechkina. Hayes Lansford provided invaluable assistance with the tank scaffolding and installation and finally, we would like to thank Princeton technicians, William Groom, Stan Chidzik, and Robert Klemmer for their work on the fabrication and installation of the PMT support structure.


  • Detector
  • Neutrino oscillation


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