Departmental Seminar

Experimental neutrino physics

Date & time

Mon 15 May 2017, 11am–12.30pm

Location

Room:

1.12

Audience

Members of RSPE welcome

Contact

(02)61252083
Dr Lindsey Bignell
Department Nuclear Physics

Neutrino physics has proven to be a fertile ground for discovery since their first experimental measurement in 1956. While our current understanding of neutrinos is simple and elegant, there remain a number questions that can only be answered by more sensitive detectors. Neutrinos are also a unique probe that can open a new window into fields as diverse as stellar astrophysics, geophysics, cosmology, and nuclear safeguards. However, neutrino detection is notoriously difficult due to their low interaction cross-sections. This seminar will review the history of experimental neutrino measurements that have led us to our current model of the neutrino, and discuss the detector technologies that will enable the next generation of neutrino detectors to improve our basic understanding of this particle and explore new physics.

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