MiniBooNE (Neutrino Detector)

MiniBooNE is a neutrino detector which uses neutrino interactions in mineral oil to generate a Cherenkov effect, an electron traveling faster than light. MiniBooNE uses Cherenkov effects to detect neutrinos. The MiniBooNE experiment’s primary objective is to explore results from the Los Alamos Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiment, which indicated an undiscovered particle not included the standard model of particle physics.

“The primary goal of this experiment is: To test for neutrino mass by searching for neutrino oscillations. Neutrino mass is important because it may lead us to physics beyond the Standard Model. Masses in the range accessible to MiniBooNE will expand our understanding of how the universe has evolved.”

-BooNE Booster Neutrino Experiment

1280 photomultiplier tubes line the interior of the MiniBooNE detector.
(Credit: Princeton, Meyers)

The band MiniBoone stands in front of the the MiniBooNE detector. The detector is internally lined with 1280 photomultipler tubes and filled with 250,000 gallons of mineral oil.