Title: The Daya Bay Experiment


The search for the mixing angle q13, the last unknown angle in the neutrino mixing matrix, is one of the main priorities in the field of neutrino physics. By measuring sin2(2q13) to better than 0.01 at 90% C.L., the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment has the highest sensitivity to this parameter among all the other experiments that are currently in operation or under construction. The experiment consists of multiple identical detectors placed underground at different baselines from three groups of reactors, a configuration that minimizes systematic errors and cosmogenic backgrounds. The experiment is making steady progress, as the civil construction is completed, the detector assembly is well underway, and data-taking has begun in the first near experimental hall. The main aspects of the experiment, as well as its current status and future prospects, are reviewed in this talk. Preliminary results from the commissioning run of the first experimental hall are also included.