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.


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 and installed at 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.