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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2016, Article ID 7064960, 25 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7064960
Review Article

The Results of MINOS and the Future with MINOS+

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

Received 28 July 2015; Revised 21 October 2015; Accepted 19 November 2015

Academic Editor: Mauro Mezzetto

Copyright © 2016 A. Timmons. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The publication of this article was funded by SCOAP3.

Abstract

The MINOS experiment took data from 2005 up until 2012. The MINOS experiment took data from 2005 up until 2012, continuing beyond that as the MINOS+ experiment. The experiment is a two-detector, on-axis, long-baseline experiment, sending neutrinos from Fermilab to the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota. By searching for the deficit of muon neutrinos at the Far Detector, MINOS/MINOS+ is sensitive to the atmospheric neutrino oscillation parameters and . By using the full MINOS data set looking at both disappearance and appearance in both neutrino and antineutrino configurations at the NuMI beam along with atmospheric neutrino data recorded at the FD, MINOS has made the most precise measurement of . Using a full three-flavour framework and searching for appearance, MINOS/MINOS+ gains sensitivity to , the mass hierarchy, and the octant of . Exotic phenomenon is also explored with the MINOS detectors looking for nonstandard interactions and sterile neutrinos. The current MINOS+ era goals are to build on the previous MINOS results improving the precision on the three-flavour oscillation parameter measurements and strengthening the constraints placed on the sterile neutrino parameter space.