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Colloquium: Fundamental and applied antineutrino physics

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Adam Bernstein, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
17 November 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
117 Osmond Laboratory
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Doug Cowen
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Antineutrinos - and their antiparticle - the neutrino, garnered welcome attention when the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to researchers in Japan and Canada for their role discovery of the mixing of the known neutrino flavors.  I’ll summarize what is known now about these elusive and mysterious particles, including our current understanding of neutrino mass and flavor mixing, and explain why the particle and antiparticle, though clearly distinguished by experiment, may in some circumstances be identical. I will also describe efforts by my group and others worldwide to use  antineutrinos  for practical purposes, to gain insight into the workings of nuclear reactors, and into the energy dynamics of the Earth itself.