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Colloquium: Neutrinos vs the human lifespan. Who will win?

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Jenny Thomas, University College- London, and University of Wisconsin- Madison
18 April 2019 from 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
117 Osmond
Contact Name
Doug Cowen
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Neutrino Oscillations have provided a new insight into the properties of
since their discovery almost 20 years ago. There are a number of
experiments presently
providing continuing new measurements pointing to a future direction in
the field. One fundamental and overarching
difficulty associated with any kind of measurements of neutrinos is that
they only interact
via the weak interaction, making their observation rather rare. This
leads to very long
wait times for results and the need for larger and larger detectors
which eventually break the bank.
It is time for a paradigm shift in the way neutrino physics is carried
out, without the need for 1000 people
for each experiment, sums of money that take your breath away and
detectors that are so small they
need 20 years to make the next fundamental step. I will give an
introduction to the physics,
the recent results in the field and then talk about the further future
where we can make measurements
quickly with huge detectors at a fraction of the cost of the presently
planned next generation experiments.