Huge neutrinos detector JUNO, construction begins
The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) will join the construction of JUNO - Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory, a huge neutrino detector that resulted from an international agreement signed in Peking.
By means of a technology similar to that used in Borexino, an experiment carried out in National Laboratory at Gran Sasso, JUNO will study the so-called neutrino oscillation, a phenomenon consisting in the fact that neutrinos oscillate changing from one type to another. In particular, JUNO will focus on the mass hierarchy of these particles, which is the sequence of the masses of the three existing types of neutrinos.
“We are fully committed to the success of JUNO, since we will bring in our broad expertise in neutrino investigations developed over almost two decades in our National Laboratory at Gran Sasso with Borexino and Opera detectors” Gioacchino Ranucci, INFN, said as newly-appointed deputy spokesperson of the Collaboration.
JUNO will be one of three big experiments with huge neutrino detectors, artificially produced in reactors or by means of accelerators that will be built over the next few years. Besides Italy and China, also Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany Russia and the United States are involved in the project.