Neutrinos

Neutrinos are neutral, meaning the magnets in a particle accelerator can’t manipulate them. So how can scientists make a dense beam of neutrinos for their experiments? Neutrino physicist Kirsty Duffy and Fermilab accelerator operator Laura Bolt explain the power of protons and how teams can generate intense beams of neutrinos using particle accelerators.

In this lecture, Marcela Carena, head of the Theory Division at Fermilab and professor of physics at the University of Chicago, talks about “The unseen universe: Challenges for theory and experiment.” She explains how theorists think about the Higgs boson, neutrinos, dark matter and the exciting results from the Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment announced last year, and how these ideas can lead to new experiments and discoveries.

We have the good fortune of living in a universe with tacos. But why does the universe have tasty treats, people, stars and all sorts of matter, instead of nothing at all? In this episode of Even Bananas, Fermilab’s Kirsty Duffy and neutrino theorist Pedro Machado explain how understanding neutrinos is crucial to understanding our universe’s evolution. Grab your lunch, and let’s talk about breaking fundamental symmetries.

To study the smallest things in nature, scientists build some enormous experiments. One example? The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, which will use mile-deep detectors, each one as long as a jumbo jet, filled with almost 70,000 total tons of liquid argon. So how do scientists develop the massive, complicated equipment needed for big science? Neutrino physicists Kirsty Duffy and Bryan Ramson explain in this episode of Even Bananas.

Scientist and 2021 URA Early Career Award winner stands at a chalkboard working on equations.

Fermilab’s Pedro Machado has won the 2021 Universities Research Association Early Career Award for his theoretical work on neutrino science that helps experimentalists with novel search strategies and scientific questions worth exploring.