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Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project

Core-collapse Supernovae, Neutrinos, and the OMNIS project.

Alex Murphy

Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project

The 7 stages of Core Collapse...

For a ~10M star…

Stage Temp (K) AshesDuration

H burning 2x107Hefew x 106 yrs

He 2x108C, Ofew x 104 yrs

C 8x108Ne, O~600 yrs

Ne 1.4 x109O, Mg~1 yr..

O 2x109Si, S~6 mo..

Si 3.5x109Fe, Ni~1 day

Collapse ~40 x 109 90%n ~few ms


+Ejecta (some of surface

layers, rich in heavy elements)







Fe core

Not to scale!


Inside a supernova
Inside a Supernova

Extreme temp: photodissociates nuclei back to protons, neutrons and alphas.

>8 M evolves ~107 yr

3000 km

3x107 km

Neutronisation: p+e-  n+ne

Huge thermal emission of neutrinos

~5-10 seconds












10 km



100 km





e++e- g+g ; g+g nx + nx(all flavours equally)

r ~ few x rnuclear



Anglo Australian Observatory

  • Progenitor: Sanduleak -69°202,

    LMC about 50 kpc away.

  • Remnant neutron star unseen

    maybe it went to a black hole…?

  • Neutrinos preceded light by

    ~2 hours

  • ~20 events seen in IMB, Kamiokande

  • First (and only) extra-solar neutrinos

  • Water detectors, therefore almost certainly these were netype:

    ne+p  n+e+


Supernovae facts and figures
Supernovae: Facts and Figures

  • Energy release ~3x1046 J (the gravitational binding energy of the core), in about 10 seconds

    • Equivalent to 1000 times the energy emitted by the Sun in its entire lifetime.

    • Energy density of the core is equivalent to 1MT TNT per cubic micron.

    • 99% of energy released is in the form of neutrinos

    • ~1% is in the KE of the exploding matter

    • ~0.01% is in light – and that’s enough to make it as bright as an entire galaxy.

    • Probably site of the r-process.

¼ MT test (Dominic Truckee, 1962)


Importance of neutrinos in core collapse
Importance of Neutrinos in Core Collapse

  • They facilitate the explosion:

    • The prompt explosion stalls due to photo-nuclear dissociation

    • Tremendous density - Core is opaque to neutrinos! Coupling of energetic neutrinos with core material  Delayed explosion.

    • Flux, energy, time profile of neutrinos provide detail of explosion mechanism

  • Energy transport is dominated by neutrinos

    • Less trapped than any other radiation

    • Cooling via neutrinos (evidenced by 99% luminosity)

  • The last interaction of the neutrinos will have been with the collapsing/radiating core

    • Allows us to look directly at the core of a collapsing massive star!

  • Caveat! NO self consistent core collapse computer simulations have yet been ‘successful’

    • May REQUIRE neutrino oscillations, or maybe convection/rotation/strong magnetic fields


Detecting sn neutrinos
Detecting SN Neutrinos…

  • Cross section: Weak coupling constants are small  s~10-42 cm2

    • ~1015 times smaller that traditional nuclear physics (e.g. mb)

  • Energies: “thermal”, weighted by number of ways to interact before decoupling (G. Raffelt’s talk yesterday for more details)

    • More n than p  More ne+n  p+e- than ne+p  n+e+

    • CC reactions (changes np) easier that NC (elastic scattering)

    • Some recent work suggests neutrino Bremsstrahlung may ‘pinch’ high and low ends of spectrum. Such an observation would tell us about the EOS of dense matter

    •  ‘Neutrinospheres’ at different radii

<E(ne)> = 11 MeV <E(ne)> = 16 MeV <E(nx)> = 25 MeV

Measurement of energies: primary physics goal 

EOS, neutrino transport


Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project


Q [ 208Pb(n,n’2n)206Pb] = -14.1 MeV


Q [ 208Pb(n,n’n)207Pb] = -7.4 MeV


Q [ 208Pb(ne,e+n)207Bi] = -9.8 MeV



Reaction thresholds

A New Detection Strategy…

Utilize CC & NC reactions from ‘hi-z’ materials with low n-threshold.

Use the higher energies of m and t-neutrinos to enhance their yields – ‘flavour filter’

  • Results in 2 observables:

  • 1 neutron emission from Pb

  • 2 neutron emission from Pb

Strong dependence of neutron yield on n temperature

 Sensitivity to oscillations

Dependence on n temperature different for 1n and 2n channels

 Sensitivity to shape of n energy spectrum

The Observatory for Multiflavor NeutrInos from Supernovae


Neutron detection
Neutron Detection

  • Require:

    • Large

    • Efficient

    • Provide adequate discrimination against background

    • Fast timing

    • CHEAP

  • Gadolinium loaded scintillator (liquid of plastic)

    • Fast neutron enters

    • High H content results in rapid energy loss. Prompt pulse

    • After thermalisation (~30ms) capture on Gd; release of several g-rays (total 8 MeV). Delayed pulse

  • Allows two level trigger

    • ‘Singles’ while flux high

    • ‘Double Pulse’ when flux low

Prompt pulse

Energy deposited




Time (ns)

Delayed pulse

Energy deposited




Time (ms)


So how to build omnis




So – how to build OMNIS

  • Underground to reduce cosmic ray rate

  • Need large blocks of lead interleaved with scintillator planes

Loaded scintillator (liquid or plastic)


PF Smith

Astroparticle Physics 8 (1997) 27

Astroparticle Physics 16 (2001) 75

JJ Zach, AStJ Murphy, RN Boyd,

NIMS, 2001, accepted


Lead perchlorate
Lead Perchlorate


½ kT module

  • Pb(Cl2O4)2

    • S. Elliott PRC 62 (2001)

    • Diluted 20% (w/w) with H2O

    • Transparent  Cêrenkov light

    • Bulk attenuation length >4m

    • Neutron capture time ~100ms

      •  8.6 MeV in g’s

      • recoil electrons

      • Cêrenkov ‘flash’

    • ‘Interesting’ chemical properties

    • CC ne events have well defined Cêrenkov cone  energy spectrum


~3000 5” pmts

Includes reactions on H2O


Neutrino physics potential
Neutrino Physics Potential

Dt=1.6 [R/8kpc] [m(nt)/50eV]2 [25MeV/E(nt)]2

  • Presence of neutrino mass

    s t e t c h e s arrival time

    profile. Rise of leading edge is probably best

    measure of massBeacom, et al PRL 85, 3568

    (2000); PRD 63, 073011 (2001).

  • Direct way to measure mass (not inferred from oscillations)

    • ne is light (<1eV/c2); confirmed by b-spectra endpoint

    • Massive neutrino  travels slower. Over 10 kpc, a typical energy mass 50 eV/c2 neutrino would arrive ~2 seconds later (after traveling 33,000 years!)

    • Including statistics and experimental effects, we expect OMNIS sensitivity to be ~10 eV/c2.

    • Definitive mass range for hot dark matter candidate.


Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project

OMNIS and Oscillations

Simulation: ‘Standard’ SN @ 8kpc. Calculate number of 1n and 2n eventsdetectedin lead.

Simulation assumes

{sin22q,Dm2}  P(nmne)=0.5

What combinations of

range, nm temperature,

oscillation scenario and probability of oscillation

is this compatible with?

Caveat! – Assumes shape of energy spectra known, but if solution to SnP is LMA or LOW MSW then Pb(Cl2O4)2 gives us that for nm ! Which dominate event yields




Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project





Super-K MSW



Neutrino Mixing – Parameter space



Extreme long base line gives sensitivity to very small mass differences

Extreme nuclear density in a supernova gives sensitivity to very small mixing angles (under the MSW effect)












-10 –9 –8 –7 –6 –5 –4 –3 –2 –1 0



Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project

Black hole scenarios…

  • Observational evidence of BHs association with SNRs currently weak

  • Sudden (!) termination

  • Black hole is predicted to form at centre, and expand outwards

  • BH will ‘swallow-up’ m- and t-neutrino-spheres first, then electron neutrino-sphere

  • Diff’ in cutoff due to this is predicted to be ~1-5 ms

  • Could chart out neutrino-spheres?!

How the yield in the lead-slab modules would be affected by a cutoff in nx 2ms earlier than a complete shut off at 0.2 second. Simulation is for Betelgeuse.

Allows for incredible timing sensitivity, including a mass measurement at the few eV level (Beacom, et al PRL 85, 3568 (2000); PRD 63, 073011 (2001))


Omnis in the uk and us
OMNIS in the UK and US.

  • UK and US groups are highly interested in developing an OMNIS project

    • Differences, primarily in the funding mechanisms, require different approaches in the US and UK

  • UK

    • Location: Boulby. Institute for Underground Science

    • UKDMC (central institutions: RAL, Sheffield, Imperial). Manchester also a collaborator for OMNIS.

    • Edinburgh just joined!

    • UKDMC Received JIF award. Facilities being upgraded.

    • Current philosophy is for a ‘parasitic’ OMNIS, i.e. combining with Gd nuclear excitation in SIREN, or muon veto shield for DRIFT, ZEPLIN

    • Full scale OMNIS could then be built by extending in a modular fashion

    • Neutrino Factory Far Detector


Omnis in the uk and us1
OMNIS in the UK and US.

  • US

    • Location: WIPP or Homestake NUSL

      • Ohio State, UCLA, ANL, UTD, UNM…

    • Dedicated OMNIS detector. Larger scale.

    • R&D funding at OSU. West coast groups applying for more

      • OSU test module

      • OMNISita

      • Argonne NL Pb2(ClO4)2 test detector

      • UCLA lithium loaded fibers R&D


Anl lead perchlorate test module
ANL Lead Perchlorate Test Module

  • Elliot’s tests did not test with neutron (or g) sources

  • Simple bath-tub design

    • Diffuse reflective inner lining (white Teflon)

    • No Cêrenkov rings from fast e’s

  • Measure

    • bulk attenuation lengths

    • Spectral response

    • Efficiency

    • Longevity

    • Purification techniques



  • A technology test bed for the OMNIS project.


Galactic supernova event rate
Galactic supernova event rate

  • The historical record contains

    • 7 (8?) SNe in the last 1000 years.

    • 5 are core-collapse

    • All within ~8-12% of Galaxy

  • Suggests real waiting time is 15-30 years. Comparable with some high energy experiments…

  • Suggests there are many ‘dark’ supernovae (but we would still see then in neutrinos!)

  • 1006 Apr 30 ‘SNR 1006’ Arabic; also Chinese, Japanese, European

  • 1054 Jul 4 ‘Crab’ Chinese, North American (?); also Arab, Japan

  • 1181 Cas -1 3C 58 Chinese and Japanese

  • 1203 ? Sco 0

  • 1230 ? Aql

  • 1572 Nov 6 ‘Tycho Brahe's SN’

  • 1604 Oct 9 ‘Johannes Kepler’s SN’

  • 1667? Cas A Flamsteed ? not seen ?

r=5 kpc

Somewhat more sophisticated analysis in progress by P.F. Smith


Core collapse supernovae neutrinos and the omnis project

Candidate supernovae?

  • No supernova has ever been predicted, but there are several candidates:

    • Betelgeuse – red supergiant,

    • ~20M. 425 light years close.

    • Sher 25 - Very similar to SN1987A’s

    • progenitor. Blue super giant, distance

    • 6 kpc, out burst creating nebula

    • 6600 yrs ago.

    • Eta Carinae – originally ~150M,

    • now ~50-100 M. Created nebula in

    • 1840. 3kpc distant. Recently

    • doubled in brightness… maybe a

    • ‘hypernova’ candidate, the possible

    • cause of gamma-ray bursters





  • Core Collapse Supernovae are immensely important in astronomy, galactic evolution, nucleosynthesis,…

  • A new method of observing them, that of neutrino astronomy, offers a way of ‘seeing’ the core collapse process, allowing tests of many areas of physics/astrophysics

  • Neutrino oscillations as observed at S-K are the first hints of physics beyond the standard model. SN neutrinos offer a new, direct, method to observe effects of neutrino mass and oscillations.

  • Given the rate of Galactic SN, it’s vitally

    important to maximise an event.

    Hence a statistically significant

    number of m- and t-neutrinos

    must be observed in detail.

    OMNIS offers the most cost

    efficient method of doing so.

  • Keep watching the skies!