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KArlsruhe TRitium Neutrino Experiment

Description KATRIN, the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment, with its 70m-long beamline is a unique apparatus to measure the electron neutrino mass in a model-independent way using the kinematics of tritium beta decay. Its design sensitivity will be reached after three full years of data collection and will make it possible to test degenerated neutrino mass models and the role of neutrinos as hot Dark Matter. KATRIN is currently under construction at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The experiment requires an ultra-luminous molecular tritium source, which is provided by the European Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK). TLK is a facility for processing tritium that approaches the industrial scale; it holds a license to handle up to 40g of tritium and also serves for the nuclear fusion research. The current site inventory is 25g of tritium, which is processed with an extensive infrastructure with an area of 841 m² for experiments.
URL http://www.katrin.kit.edu
Status Operational since 2016
Under construction (2005 - 2015)
Scientific Domains Physical Sciences and Engineering
RI Categorization Astro-particle and neutrino detectors and observatories
Location Hermann von Helmholtz Platz 1, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Karlsruhe), 76344, Germany
MERIL URL http://portal.meril.eu/meril/view/facilitys/14996