Ghost Hunting: The Story of Neutrinos and the Cosmos

Date: 
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 4:00pm

Neutrinos are one of the most abundant particles in the Universe and are constantly streaming through our bodies unnoticed. We will discuss how these teeny-tiny particles could help us unravel some well-kept secrets of the cosmos. Because of their extreme shyness to interact with ordinary matter, it takes extraordinary ingenuity and humongous detectors to catch these ghostlike particles in earthly experiments. This was a rewarding endeavor and led to the discovery of neutrino oscillations -- the first-ever laboratory evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. However, the neutrino game is far from being over; rather, this is just the beginning of a remarkable journey into the enchanting world of neutrinos, with many current and upcoming experiments poised to make fundamental discoveries. In particular, we will highlight some recent exciting news from Antarctica that has ushered a new era in neutrino astrophysics and could revolutionize our understanding of the Universe.

Speaker(s): 
Prof. Bhupal Dev - Washington Univ. St Louis
Host: 
Prof. Sashi Satpathy