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The NOE Collaboration proposed a large underground electronic experiment composed by alternated modules of TRD, acting as neutrino target, and scintillating fiber calorimeters.  The detector, total weight 6.7 ktons, 63 meters long, should  be located at the Gran Sasso Laboratory, and has been optimized for long baseline neutrino oscillations studies, in particular to be sensitive in the region of parameters suggested by the atmospheric neutrino anomaly.
Kinematical tagging of $\nu_{\tau}$ requires a detector with high performance,
while the low neutrino flux at long distance reflects in the need of large mass detectors. On the other hand the detector granularity has to match with the cost and the number of read-out channels.
The search for $\nu_{\tau}$ appearance in the $\tau$$\rightarrow$$\nu$$\bar{\nu}$ channel using kinematical criteria, requires a good e/$\pi^{o}$ separation to reject the neutral current with $\pi^{o}$ and a good energy and $E_{t}$ resolution ($\sigma_{E}$$\sigma_{E_t}$) both for electrons and pions, to reject the residual $\nu_{e}$ in the beam. Therefore good calorimetric features are mandatory to obtain small $\sigma_{E}$ and $\sigma_{E_t}$, the latter requiring also a fine segmentation.
A general purpose electronic detector running deep underground, can also address atmospheric neutrino physics. For this purpose a good timing resolution is highly advisable, in order to distinguish neutrino induced upgoing muons from downgoing ones. Such study would benefit from isotropic detector, running for long periods, due to the low atmospheric neutrino flux.

A NOE prototype composed by a TRD target and a 4 ton calorimeter module has been tested to the CERN PS T7 beam

INFN and Dip. Scienze Fisiche - Naples Home Page;
INFN Gran Sasso Laboratories Home page

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