Physics Colloquium - Prof. Juan Pablo Yanez

Physics Colloquium - Prof. Juan Pablo Yanez

Spying on neutrino's secret lives with large-scale underground detectors

Date

November 11, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location

Marcus Nanotechnology Building

Room

Conference Rooms 1116-1118

Affiliation

University of Alberta

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Abstract

It has been almost 90 years since the neutrino was first proposed. While we have learned a great deal about it in that time, this enigmatic particle continues to puzzle us to this day. Extremely hard to detect, with a tiny mass and rather unusual properties, neutrinos have given us a first glance of what lies beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics and, more recently, they have opened a new window to explore phenomena in the Universe. In this colloquium, I outline our current neutrino knowledge, the potential for discoveries and the implications they might have to the general physics landscape. I pay particular attention to the role of two fascinating neutrino experiments, IceCube and Canada’s own SNO+, as well as future detection technologies that could change the way we search for these elusive particles.