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WFU Physics Colloquium

TITLE: A Neutrino Mass Story

SPEAKER: Professor Chris Walter,

Physics Department
Duke University
Durham, NC

TIME: Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

PLACE: Room 101 Olin Physical Laboratory

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM in the Olin Lounge. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.


In this talk, I will introduce the field of experimental neutrino physics and will review how a set of experiments in the last decade have given us our current understanding of neutrino properties. I will first explain how, in the Super-Kamiokande experiment, we used neutrinos produced in the upper atmosphere of the Earth to show that these ghostly particles have mass. This work was recognized with the Nobel Prize for physics in 2015. Then, I will set this result in the larger context of neutrino physics today. I will point out remaining questions and introduce some of today’s state of the art experiments, including ones that shoot beams of neutrinos across entire countries.

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