AGENDA (June 7, 2000)

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Workshop on the Next Generation U.S. Underground Science Facility


June 12-14, 2000

The WIPP Site at Carlsbad, New Mexico

Workshop Purpose: Explore the potential need and use of the WIPP underground as a next generation laboratory for conducting nuclear and particle astrophysics, as well as other basic science research.

Workshop Venue: Pecos River Conference and Convention Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Hosts: Department of Energy Carlsbad Area Office and the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (INPAC)

With a strong agenda of invited presentations, the workshop organizers are keeping ample time open for contributed talks by any participants.   Attendees are invited to contact any of the workshop organizers to discuss their desire to be part of the program.

Monday, June 12

Registration and Introductions (8:30 am)

Welcoming Remarks (Ines Triay, Carlsbad Area Office WIPP Manager) (9:00 am)

  1. Perspectives on Physics Goals of Underground Science (invited speaker: NSF - Eugene Loh)
  2. WIPP Operations and Facility Overview (Beth Bennington, Carlsbad Area Office of Development & Research)
  3. WIPP’s Background Radiation Environment and Features (Roger Nelson, WIPP)
  4. Integration of Underground Research with WIPP Waste Disposal Operations (restrictions on projects due to regulatory requirements and discussion of facilities and infrastructure that can be provided to new projects) (Chuan Wu, WIPP)
  5. Geological and Geotechnical Considerations on New Cavity Mining at WIPP (Bill Thompson, WIPP)
  6. Underground Searches for CDM, Double-Beta Decay, Axions--Projects at WIPP (Frank Avignone, Univ. of South Carolina)
  7. Core Collapse Supernovae, 2&3-D Calculations, and Neutrinos (Adam Burrows, Arizona State)

Lunch Catered (12:00 pm)

Bus Ride (safety orientation en route) to WIPP Site (12:45 pm) 

Detailed tours of both Surface and Underground - 35 visitors/tour (1:30 pm)

Return (by bus) to Conference Center in Carlsbad (5:00 pm)

Reception: (Pecos River Village Carosel) (6:30 pm Monday, June 12)

Guest Lecturer Dr. Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University, will give his famous "Physics of Star Trek" lecture as part of the banquet.  Local community leaders and WIPP Project personnel will be on hand to discuss the WIPP project and the possibility of conducting nuclear and particle physics research at the facility.

Tuesday, June 13 (8:15 am) (8:15 am)

  1. SNO Detector Development Efforts in WIPP (Andrew Hime, LANL)
  2. Dark Matter Measurements in WIPP (Ernst Esch, LANL)
  3. Neutrino Oscillation Observables from Supernovae (George Fuller, UCSD)
  4. Experimental Accuracies Needed to Examine Current Leading Dark Matter Models (Richard Arnowitt, Texas A&M)
  5. Cold Dark Matter Detection and Experiments (including discussion of DAMA results) (David Caldwell, UCSB/SLAC)

Break (10:30 am)

  1. Status at Kamiokande and K2K Current Results/Interpretation (Invited Dave Casper, UC Irvine)
  2. Experience with the UK Boulby salt mine, and plans for improved facilities (Peter Smith, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
  3. Current Status and Future Plans at SNO (Andre Hamer, LANL)
  4. GENIUS - The Future of Double Beta Decay and Dark Matter Search (Hans Klapdor, Max Planck Institute)

Lunch (1:00 pm) - Welcome to Carlsbad and introduction of speaker - Mayor Gary Perkowski
    -    Perspectives on Physics Goals of Underground Science (invited speaker: DOE - Peter Rosen)

Afternoon Session (2:00 pm)

  1. Concepts for Future DM Detectors (Richard Gaitskell, UC Berkeley)
  2. The Next Large Neutrino and Nucleon Decay Detector: Physics Motivation and Facility Requirements (Chang Kee Jung, SUNY)
  3. Neutrino Physics with a ‘Neutrino Factory’ (Kirk McDonald, Princeton)
  4. EXO - A Double Beta Decay Enriched Xe-136 Observatory (Giorgio Gratta, Stanford)
  5. The Majorana Project: A 500kg Double Beta Decay Experiment (Ludwig DeBraekeleer, Duke University)

Break (4:30 pm)

General contributed talks and discussion by all participants

  1. The Case for a 100Mo Detector for Solar 7Be Neutrinos (Ludwig DeBraekeleer, Duke University)
  2. Detection of >PeV Neutrinos in Salt via Radio Coherence Measurements (David Besson, University of Kansas)
  3. Collaboration for a Neutrino Factory Detector at WIPP (Ervin Fenyves, UT Dallas)

Adjourn (5:00 - 5:30 pm)

Wednesday, June 14 (8:15 am) (8:15 am)

  1. Observatory for Multi-flavor Neutrino Interactions from Supernovae (OMNIS) Proposal (Richard Boyd, OSU)
  2. A Combined OMNIS and Neutrino Factory Detector (David Cline, UCLA)
  3. Prospects for US/UK collaboration on new neutrino and dark matter projects (Peter Smith, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
  4. The Possible Role of WIPP Among World Underground Facilities - INPAC Proposal to Keck (Bernard Sadoulet, UC Berkeley)

Break (10:30 am)

Concluding Discussions (Moderated by Todd Haines, LANL):

  • Particle Astrophysics Research at WIPP – What the Future May Hold.
  • Other Basic Physics Research Possible at WIPP.
  • Funding Strategies and Possibilities to Make WIPP a US Underground Research Facility.
  • Scientific Review and "Ground Rules" for a National Underground Research Facility.

Adjourn (12:00 pm)

To accommodate participants who cannot attend the WIPP tour on Monday afternoon (limited to 35 visitors), there will be a second tour scheduled (on a first-come, first-served basis) for Wednesday afternoon.  Please indicate your preference when you register.

Bus Ride (safety orientation en route) to WIPP Site (12:45 pm) 

Detailed tours of both Surface and Underground (1:30 pm)

Return (by bus) to Conference Center in Carlsbad (5:00 pm)

Non U.S. Citizens:

While the WIPP facility is not subject to many of the security clearance restrictions placed on some other DOE facilities, there are some national security processes that must be followed for visits to WIPP made by non-US citizens (foreign nationals).  These consist of a simple embassy check and require that foreign national visitors provide additional citizenship information 45 days in advance of the visit (by April 26, 2000).

Non U.S. Citizens may attend all workshop sessions without the additional citizenship information.  The additional information is only necessary for individuals who would like to participate in the tour of the WIPP.