Neutrino Sciences 2005

Neutrino Geophysics

Honolulu, Hawaii

December 14-16, 2005

The Center for Neutrino Sciences announces Neutrino Sciences 2005 on December 14-16, 2005 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This first in a series of international conferences on neutrino sciences highlights neutrino geophysics. Conference sessions dedicated to geo-neutrinos, geo-reactor neutrinos, nuclear deterrence, methods of detection, and detector development are scheduled.

One hundred years ago, not long after Bequerel's discovery of radioactivity, Rutherford and Boltwood initiated a connection between geology and nuclear particle physics. They suggested the use of radiometric dating to determine the age of the Earth. Rutherford and his students Geiger and Marsden went on to develop radiation detectors. The fruitful connection led to modern measurements of Earth formation 4.54 Gy ago with an uncertainty of less than one percent: certainly a marvelous achievement of interdisciplinary science.

A century after the seminal work of Rutherford and Boltwood geology and nuclear particle physics are connecting again. This time discovery of the neutrino and development of neutrino detectors permit measurements of nuclear heating within the Earth. These measurements promise contributions to understanding the production of Earth's magnetic field, Earth's chemical composition, and the evolution of Earth's internal structure. This new connection augurs excellent scientific achievements.

It is the purpose of Neutrino Sciences 2005: Neutrino Geophysics to further the connection between neutrino physics and geology. The conference brings from around the world leaders in neutrino detection together with experts in geology to share the latest information and to map the path towards future measurements.

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International Advisory Committee

J.G. Learned (Chair, Hawaii), J.N. Bahcall (New Jersey), G. Fiorentini (Italy), K. Keil (Hawaii), A.B. McDonald (Canada), W.F. McDonough (Maryland), R.J. de Meijer (Netherlands), R.S. Raghavan (Virginia Tech.), B. Romanowicz (California), A. Suzuki (Japan)

Local Organizing Committee

S. Dye, P. Gorham, J. Maricic, S. Matsuno, G. McMurtry, S. Olsen, S. Pakvasa, J. Van Ryzin, G. Varner

Conference Venue

Asia Room, Jefferson Hall, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii


University of Hawaii at Manoa

Important Dates and Deadlines

Friday, April 15, Invitations sent out
Friday, April 22, Applications available
Friday, June 4, Application deadline
Friday, June 11, Deadline for confirming attendance
Saturday, October 1, Title and short abstract of invited talk due
Tuesday evening, December 13,
Shelly Glashow public lecture
Wednesday morning, December 14, Registration and Opening Ceremony
Wednesday evening, December 14, Conference Reception
Thursday evening, December 15, Conference Banquet
Friday afternoon, December 16, Closing Ceremony

Registration Information

All participants must register at the reception desk outside the Asia Room (mauka side). The $200 registration fee includes bound proceedings, reception, banquet, and coffee/pastries. Fee is payable by cash or check. Receipts are given at time of payment.
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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, 14 December 2005

7:45-8:30 All participants--- Coffee and pastries.

Opening Address
8:30-8:40 University Welcome--- t.b.a.
8:40-9:00 Introduction---
John Learned (Hawaii)*

Session 1: Scientific Setting (morning)
Chairperson: John Learned
9:00-9:35 Can the future of neutrino physics compare with its past?--- Shelly Glashow (Boston)*
9:35-10:20 Geochemistry--- William McDonough (Maryland)*
10:20-10:35 Break
Chairperson: t.b.a.
10:35-11:15 Geophysics--- Barbara Romanowicz (Berkeley)*
11:15-12:00 Earth energetics and geomagnetism--- Bruce Buffett (U. Chicago)*
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Session 2: Earth Heat and Neutrinos (afternoon)
Chairperson: t.b.a.
1:00-1:45 Terrestrial heat flow--- Seth Stein (Northwestern)*
1:45-2:30 Potassium in the Core--- V. Rama Murthy (Minnesota)*
2:30-3:15 Georeactor hypothesis--- R.D. Schuiling (Netherlands)*
3:15-3:30 Break
Chairperson: Raju Raghavan
3:30-4:15 Geo-neutrino reference model and uncertainties--- Fabio Mantovani (Siena)*
4:15-5:00 Geo-neutrino source model--- Eligio Lisi (INFN)*
5:00-6:00 Open Discussion
6:00-8:00 Reception

Thursday, 15 December 2005

8:30-9:00 Coffee and pastries.

Session 3: Neutrino Measurements I (morning)
Chairperson: Steve Dye
9:00-9:40 Geo-neutrinos: experimental status--- Sanshiro Enomoto (Tohoku)*
9:40-10:15 Geo-reactor neutrinos: experimental status--- Jelena Maricic (Hawaii)*
10:15-10:30 Break
Chairperson: Giorgio Gratta
10:30-11:05 Neutrino direction measurement--- Mikhail Batygov (Tennessee)*
11:05-11:40 EARTH--- Rob de Meijer (KVI)*
11:40-12:15 Potassium neutrino detection--- Mark Chen (Queens)*
12:15-1:30 Lunch

Session 4: Neutrino Measurements II (afternoon)
Chairperson: Sandip Pakvasa
1:30-2:05 Geo-neutrinos in Borexino--- Marco Giammarchi (INFN Milano)*
2:05-2:40 HSD--- Raju Raghavan (VTI)*
2:40-3:15 Hanohano--- Stephen Dye (UH/HPU)*
3:15-3:30 Break
Chaiperson: Shige Matsuno
3:30-4:05 LENA--- Kathrin Hochmuth (Muenchen)*
4:05-4:40 Scintillation SNO--- Mark Chen (Queens)*
4:40-5:15 Neutron background and possibility for shallow experiments--- Tadao Mitsui (Tohoku)*
5:15-6:00 Open Discussion
6:00-8:00 Banquet

Friday, 16 December 2005

8:30-9:00 Coffee and pastries.

Session 5: Experimental challenges (morning)
Chairperson: Manuel Drees
9:00-9:40 Neutrino tomography--- Walter Winter (Princeton)*
9:40-10:15 Other physics with geoneutrino detectors--- Manfred Lindner (Muenchen)*
10:15-10:30 Break
Chairperson: Gary Varner
10:30-11:05 Coherent neutrino detection--- Juan Collar (U. Chicago)*
11:05-11:40 Scintillating oils and compatible materials for next generation nuebar detectors--- Thierry Lasserre (CEA/DSM/DAPNIA)*
11:40-12:15 Photosensors for huge-area detectors--- Daniel Ferenc (UC Davis)*
12:15-1:30 Lunch

Session 6: Nuclear Monitoring and Workshop Summary: (afternoon)
Chairperson: Jeremy Wilhemy
1:30-2:05 Nuclear monitoring: Near Field--- Adam Bernstein (LLNL)*
2:05-2:40 Nuclear monitoring: Far field--- Gene Guillian (Hawaii)*
2:40-3:15 Neutrinos and non-proliferation in Europe--- Michel Cribier (Saclay)*
3:15-3:30 Break
Chairperson: Klauss Keil
3:30-4:30 Geology Summary--- Norman Sleep (Stanford)*
4:30-5:30 Physics Summary--- Atsuto Suzuki (Tohoku)*
6:00- Party


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Submission of Papers

Speakers are invited to submit their talks in manuscript for publication in conference proceedings. Published papers are refereed articles. Manuscripts, which are due March 1, 2006, should be about ten pages in length. Papers less than four pages can not be published. Color figures are not supported.

Conference Proceedings

Invited papers to be published.

Travel to Hawaii and Lodging

Air Travel: Flights to Honolulu International Airport are available from many major airlines. The East-West Center is on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus and a short walk from the physics department at Watanabe Hall. Taxi cab fare from the airport is $25-$30.

Lodging Notice Hotel bookings are very tight for nights just before the workshop due to the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, December 12. Workshop participants are encouraged to make lodging reservations as soon as possible.

Lodging: Two options for lodging can be arranged through high energy physics group administrative assistant Josie Nanao ( On campus there is a limited number of studio apartments in
Lincoln Hall (about $50/night). If you want to be close to the conference venue and to avoid needing a rental car, this is a good choice. The desk at Lincoln Hall closes at 9:30 pm. If you get there after that, you need to walk over to Hale Manoa (a few buildings away towards the entry gate) to pick up the key to your apartment. Cafeterias on campus are open during the conference. Off campus there is the Maile Skycourt hotel on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki (about $80/night). Here you get all the action Waikiki has to offer but need to arrange for transportation between the hotel and conference venue (maybe 10-15 minute drive depending on traffic).

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