Fermilab and neutrinos at the Chicago Science Festival

From May 13-14, the Illinois Science Council hosted the 2016 Chicago Science Festival at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. Several scientists from Fermilab participated, representing neutrino science to festival attendees.

On Saturday, May 14, Fermilab scientist Anne Schukraft presented on the topic “The How & Why of Tracking the Invisible, Elusive Neutrino — From the Sun, Distant Galaxies and Particle Accelerators.”

Scientists on the MicroBooNE experiment took people on a virtual tour of a neutrino detector, with virtual environment provided by Oculus Rift technology. They were Matthew Bass of the University of Oxford, Pip Hamilton of Syracuse University, Jen Raaf of Fermilab, Jason St. John of the University of Cincinnati and Anne Schukraft.

See some of the festival highlights in this one-minute video, courtesy of 1871 Chicago:


Fermilab visiting scientist Pip Hamilton, Syracuse University, explains the neutrino detector parts (visible on the monitor) to a Chicago Science Festival attendee. Photo: Anne Schukraft, ND

Fermilab visiting scientist Pip Hamilton, Syracuse University, explains the neutrino detector parts (visible on the monitor) to a Chicago Science Festival attendee. Photo: Anne Schukraft, ND

Matt Bass of the University of Oxford points out what happens during a neutrino interaction. Photo: Anne Schukraft, ND

Matt Bass of the University of Oxford points out what happens during a neutrino interaction. Photo: Anne Schukraft, ND