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DOE gives CD-0 for ground based DE experiment

DOE gives CD-0 for ground based DE experiment, establishing a mission need for a "generic" experiment. The Mission Need statement is at http://www.science.doe.gov/hep/GroundBasedDarkEnergy.pdf
This is to inform the High Energy Physics community that the
Director of the Office of Science, Dr. Ray Orbach, has approved the
Mission Need Statements for the following potential new medium scale
initiatives.

* A generic accelerator-based electron neutrino appearance
experiment to measure neutrino mixing and to probe the neutrino mass
hierarchy
* A generic reactor-based neutrino detector to precisely
measure neutrino mixing (q13)
* A generic ground-based dark energy experiment
* A generic neutrinoless double beta decay experiment to
probe the Majorana nature and an absolute mass scale of neutrinos

As announced previously, the request for the approvals of the
following two potential new medium scale initiatives will shortly
follow:

* A high-intensity neutrino beam (Super Neutrino Beam) for
neutrino CP-violation experiments
* A generic underground dark matter experiment to search
for direct evidence of dark matter

Note that an approval of Mission Need (commonly referred as CD-0
approval) does not equate to an approval to proceed with the project,
although it is a required step in the approval process for any new major
facility or experiment. Rather, It is an expression of intent by the
Office of High Energy Physics to the Department of Energy that we plan
to pursue these specific scientific topics and/or facility options.

The potential projects may be located in the U.S. or in other
countries; and there may be several options for the technology chosen to
carry out the experiment or to build the facility. If these initiatives
move forward, decisions such as technology choice and siting will come
later in the approval process. The DOE's project approval process has
been moving in parallel with scientific advisory processes (SAG, P5,
HEPAP etc) in order to be ready to move forward expeditiously. The
recommendations from the scientific advisory processes will be one of
key inputs in next steps to come.

We look forward to continuing interactions with the High Energy
Physics community to bring these exciting scientific opportunities to
fruition.

Robin Staffin
Associate Director for High Energy Physics
Office of Science
Created by annis
Last modified 2006-03-13 11:08 AM
 

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