- June 30, 2022, 1:00 pm US/Central
- Hornets' Nest
Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Title: IceCube: a Neutrino Window on the Universe Astronomy
Abstract: Below the geographic South Pole, the IceCube project has transformed one cubic kilometer of natural Antarctic ice into a neutrino detector. IceCube detects more than 100,000 neutrinos per year in the GeV to 10 PeV energy range. From those, we have isolated a flux of high-energy neutrinos of cosmic origin, with an energy flux that is comparable to that of high-energy photons. We have also identified the first source: on September 22, 2017, following an alert initiated by a 290-TeV neutrino, observations by other astronomical telescopes pinpointed a flaring active galaxy, powered by a supermassive black hole. We will review recent progress in measuring the cosmic neutrino spectrum and in identifying its origin. Additionally, cosmic neutrinos provide us with a PeV-energy beam for neutrino physics.