Neutrinos are the most abundant fundamental particle you've never heard of.


21. Juni 2024, 14:00-15:30


S2|08, Raum 171
Hochschulstraße 4
64289 Darmstadt

ZKS-Uhrturmhörsaal , S2|08, Raum 171 , Hochschulstraße 4 , 64289 Darmstadt


Fachbereich Physik

Around 100,000,000 pass through your thumbnail every second, but they very rarely interact with anything. This makes them difficult to study, and so neutrinos are one of the least-understood types of fundamental particle.

Despite this, neutrinos could be very important to the makeup of our universe: some theories predict that studying neutrinos in detail could shed light on why the universe is made only of matter, rather than antimatter. One of the most interesting properties of neutrinos is that they can appear to change between the three known "flavours" as they travel over large distances -- a process known as "oscillation" (2015 Nobel Prize).

MicroBooNE is an 85-tonne active mass liquid argon time projection chamber neutrino detector, which collected data at Fermilab from 2015-2021. One of the main physics goals of MicroBooNE is to investigate an anomalous result seen by a previous experiment, which could be interpreted as evidence of new physics in the neutrino sector.

In this colloquium, I will give an overview of current research in neutrino physics, with a focus on MicroBooNE's new results in investigating this anomaly.



Physikalisches Kolloquium