VIRTUAL MEETING ONLY: Neutrino Summer Lecture Series -Neutrino Sources and Beams

  • June 10, 2021, 10:00 am US/Central

Presented by Mark Messier, Indiana University

Neutrinos are the most abundant form of matter in the Universe. However, many of their basic properties remain largely unknown, placing them at the center of many important questions in particle physics and cosmology. Experimenters first detected neutrinos in 1956. Since then, experimentalists have exploited a wide variety of opportunities to study neutrinos using natural sources, the Sun, Earth, atmosphere, and even a supernova explosion, as well as artificial sources such as nuclear reactors and particle accelerators. In this lecture, I will introduce some of the mechanisms that produce neutrinos at each of these sources. Students will learn the types and energies of the neutrinos produced and the measurements and discoveries that these sources enable. We will survey all sources briefly to give students some sense of the overall field but give accelerator sources such as the neutrino beams produced at Fermilab special attention.

The Neutrino Physics Center Summer Presentations are informal lectures for students at all levels interested in finding out more about neutrino physics in general, with some emphasis on neutrino experiments being carried out at Fermilab. The lectures are geared towards undergraduate and graduate students.

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