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Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus

The OPERA experiment has been designed to perform the most straightforward test of the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations. This experiment exploits the CNGS high-intensity and high-energy beam of muon neutrinos produced at the CERN SPS in Geneva pointing towards the LNGS underground laboratory at Gran Sasso, 730 km away in central Italy. OPERA is located in the Hall C of LNGS and it is aimed at detecting for the first time the appearance of tau-neutrinos from the transmutation (oscillation) of muon-neutrinos during their 3 millisecond travel from Geneva to Gran Sasso. In OPERA, tau-leptons resulting from the interaction of tau-neutrinos will be observed in "bricks" of photographic emulsion films interleaved with lead plates. The apparatus contains about 150000 of such bricks for a total mass of 1300 tons and is complemented by electronic detectors (trackers and spectrometers) and ancillary infrastructure. Its construction has been completed in spring 2008 and the experiment is currently in data taking.
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The fourth neutrino oscillation event discovered at OPERA (About OPERA)

INFN Press Release
Sunday 30 March 2014
PRESS RELEASE March, 27, 2014 THE FOURTH TRANSFORMATION OF NEUTRINOS Now the scientists of the OPERA experiment can claim the observation of the extremely rare neutrino oscillation in the tau channel The OPERA international experiment at the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory (Italy) has detected a (...)


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