Next questions in neutrino physics and the NOvA experiment


Ryan Patterson(Cal Tech)                                                                                                                       


  Non-zero neutrino mass brings with it new complexity in the neutrino sector, and major questions            
surrounding neutrino masses and mixing remain unanswered. Among the unknowns are the ordering of the       
neutrino masses, key details of flavor mixing, and whether neutrinos respect CP symmetry. NOvA, a          
long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment sited along Fermilab's NuMI neutrino beam, will address      
these questions and much more. NOvA recently began full operations with its 14-kton detector and will      
continue through this decade. After a review of the physics context, I will discuss NOvA's experimental    
design, physics program, and first neutrino oscillation results.