Tue05Mar20194:00 pmLewis Hall 101
Colloquium: The Wonderful World of Neutrino Oscillations
Department of Physics
The Wonderful World of Neutrino Oscillations
In 1998 it was discovered that neutrinos oscillate and have mass which led to the award of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. That discovery generated a global campaign to better understand neutrino properties using oscillations of neutrinos produced in the Sun, in the atmosphere, at reactors, and by accelerators. The community has learned much but several important questions remain such as: Which neutrino is heaviest? Do neutrinos break the symmetry between matter and antimatter? Are there more than three neutrino types?
In my talk, I will introduce neutrinos and the questions surrounding them, their chameleon-like flavor-changing behavior, and the experiments that hunt for them including the leading-edge, international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.