The Fermilab Short-Baseline Neutrino Program emerged from a joint proposal by three collaborations to use their detectors to perform sensitive searches for νe appearance and νμ disappearance in the Booster Neutrino Beam. All of the detectors utilize LArTPCs - liquid argon time projection chambers - and each contribute to the development of this technology for the long-baseline DUNE experiment. The joint scientific goals are outlined in the proposal, available on the HEP arxiv. The proposal was submitted to the Fermilab PAC and granted Stage 1 approval in early 2015. The web sites of the three SBN Program collaborations and the SBN Program Office are linked below.

SBN Program Office

The SBN Program Office provides coordination among all stakeholders - the collaborations and funding institutions - and also provides oversight and integration of joint systems and facilities. The Program Office site holds information and links on program organization, events, and reviews.


The ICARUS T-600 detector, comprised of two 300-ton LAr-TPC modules with photodetectors, will serve as the Short-Baseline Program Far Detector, farthest from the BNB primary target. The T-600 is currently being refurbished at CERN following successful operation at the Gran Sasso laboratory from 2010-2014. The T-600 detector will be moved to Fermilab in 2017.


MicroBooNE is located 470m from the BNB primary target, and consists of a 8250-wire TPC and 32 photomultiplier tubes in 170-tons of liquid argon. The cryostat was filled in mid-2015 and the detector is currently operating.

Short-Baseline Near Detector

Short-Baseline Near Detector - SBND - will be located 110m from the BNB primary target, and will consist of a 260-ton liquid argon TPC supplemented by light detection systems. The SBND cryostat is a membrane type, envisioned for use by the future DUNE far detectors.