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Title: Exciting Times In Neutrino Physics    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 04/22/2013
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Lindley Winslow
Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Physics, UCLA
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034
Details:

The neutrino remains the most mysterious of the standard model particle. These secret agents of the weak interaction can pass through light years of matter without leaving a trace; however, recently several experiments have forced the neutrino to give up some of its secrets. In this talk, I will present an overview of the field from surprising results from experiments designed to measure what was the last unknown mixing angle governing neutrino oscillation θ13 to experiments now coming online which aim to answer the fundamental question of whether the neutrino is its own antiparticle. All of these are difficult measurements requiring large detectors. It may be that the very tiny nanocrystals known as quantum dots, which have been so successful in imaging applications, may find applications in the next generation of neutrino experiments. Preliminary work on this topic will also be presented.