ICISE center is hosting annually number of the international conferences in high energy physics (HEP) in general and especially in neutrino physics. We figure out that this can be great place to build an experimental HEP group in Vietnam and collaborate with the international experiments in the world. This is good chance to have Vietnamese physicists more visible to the world, and to have direct and significant contribution for the new discovery in the HEP field. Neutrino Group at IFIRSE is built for those purposes. At beginning, the research group will focus on neutrino physics which is one of the hottest topics in the modern physics. Massiveness of neutrino, which is direct consequence of the well-estimated neutrino oscillation phenomenon, is beyond the description of the Standard Model. And physicists are expecting more from neutrino physics to shed the light into the new physics. Thus, neutrino is now attracting a lot of attention from the physicist community and neutrino search activities are now on fire. Physics Nobel prize in 2015 and breakthrough prize in 2016 dedicated for the contribution of neutrino search are the valuable words for the vital role of neutrino in the modern physics.
The Vietnam Neutrino Group starts with the support from the Japanese professors, collaborate with the international neutrino experiments placed at Japan. For the short-term, 3-5 years, the group will focus on the data analysis and Monte Carlo simulation. For longer term, group will expand by increasing number of members and build the laboratory placed at the ICISE center. The goal for 5-10 year is to have an independent group, including Vietnamese physicists and foreign physics, join into the big experiment in the world, such as Hyper-K.
The Neutrino Group at IFIRSE is led by Prof. Tsuyoshi Nakaya from Kyoto University, JP. He is currently the spokesperson of T2K experiment and the chair of Hyper-K steering committee. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Van, sub-leader of group, is employed by the IFIRSE institute as the main factor to gather students and physicists for the group. For completeness, group includes