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Nomad small.gif The Neutrino Oscillation MAgnetic Detector, or NOMAD, was an experiment designed to search for neutrino oscillations and to carry out a range of other particle physics measurements. Located at CERN (the European Laboratory for Particle Physics) on the Franco-Swiss border outside Geneva, it was a collaborative effort of around 20 university departments and research institutes from 8 countries. About 160 physicists are involved, either full- or part-time, on the project.

NOMAD took physics data from 1995 to 1998, accumulating well in excess of 1 million neutrino interactions. Some analysis of this data continues to this day.

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The NOMAD Detector and its design

A beginner's guide to neutrinos

Neutrino oscillations

Neutrino experiments

Amongst all the neutrino experiments, we single out the two that operated in the wide-band neutrino beam at CERN: NOMAD itself, and NOMAD's friendly rivals, the CHORUS collaboration (experiment WA95).

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NOMAD Institutes

The institutes forming the NOMAD collaboration were:

  • DAPNIA: Département d'Astrophysique, de physique des Particules, de physique Nucléaire et de l'Instrumentation Associée, CEA/Saclay, France
  • CERN: European Laboratory for High Energy Physics / Organisation Europeenne pour la Recherche Nucleaire, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
  • INR Moscow, Russia
  • JINR: Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, USA
  • LAPP: Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, Annecy-le-Vieux, France
  • Université de Paris VI & VII, France
  • Universita degli Studi della Calabria, Italy
  • Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
  • Universita di Padova & Padova INFN, Italy
  • Universita di Pavia & Pavia INFN, Italy
  • Universita di Pisa & Pisa INFN, Italy
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Universität Dortmund, Germany
  • University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, USA
  • University of Sydney
  • Institut Rudjer Boskovic, Zagreb, Croatia

NOMAD Publications

Here is a list.