Science fiction sometimes borrows from science fact. In the movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” the writers blended multiverses and alternate realities with the real-world Large Hadron Collider and the Compact Muon Solenoid. In this 6-minute video, Fermilab’s Don Lincoln gives you the low-down on what is real and what is made up.
Big discoveries need big detectors, and Fermilab’s DUNE experiment is one of the biggest. In this 10-minute video, Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln gives the lowdown on this fascinating project. Fermilab plans to shoot beams of neutrinos and antineutrinos through Earth’s crust from Chicago to western South Dakota. DUNE will study neutrino interactions in great detail, with special attention on (a) comparing the behaviors of neutrinos versus antineutrinos, (b) looking for proton decay, and (c) searching for the neutrinos emitted by supernovae. The experiment is being built and should start operations in the mid to late 2020s.
For his 2018 Physics Slam presentation at Fermilab, Northwestern University scientist André de Gouvêa took on one of the most fascinating particles in physics: the neutrino. In 10 minutes, he explained — with the help of a few props — what neutrinos are and how physicists discovered that these particles can transform into one other, a phenomenon known as neutrino oscillation. At the end of the evening, the audience declared him to be the winner of the 2018 Physics Slam.