Proposal for an MRPC system with high-precision timing in the LVD structure
Accepted: 23 March 2012
Published online: 17 April 2012
The purpose of this paper is to present a project in order to verify —without the need of knowing the distance CERN-Gran Sasso— the discovery made by the OPERA Collaboration concerning the speed of the CERN neutrinos. The project consists of two parts. A simple one and a less simple one. Both have the great advantage of being totally independent of the knowledge of the distance, ≃ 732 km, between the two Labs, CERN and LNGS, where the neutrinos are produced and detected, respectively. The “simple” version of this project is based on the high-energy horizontal cosmic muons, which traverse LVD and OPERA detectors, thus allowing to cross-calibrate the timing systems of both experiments in a way which is totally independent of the TOF measurements of CNGS. This component of the project is being studied in collaboration with the OPERA group, as the time stabilities of both experiments are needed. In fact it is since a long time that the two groups are engaged with this problem. In this paper we will present and discuss the “less simple” part which allows to establish, at the highest possible level of accuracy, if (v > c) effects really exist.
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