Join Dean Kaveh and department head Paul Crowell for college updates and a closer look at some of the innovations taking place in the School of Physics and Astronomy.
"The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment - small particles, big detectors!" - Andrew Furmanski, Assistant Professor
What weighs 70,000 tons, is buried a mile underground, and might explain why the universe exists? The answer will soon be "DUNE". The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is currently under construction and will study the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations - whereby neutrinos change type as they travel through space - to an unprecedented level of detail. Key to the goals of DUNE are determining whether neutrinos and antineutrinos oscillate in the same way. If they don't, this can be part of explaining why the universe is made entirely out of matter, not a 50:50 mix of matter and antimatter. This process requires sending a beam of neutrinos 800 miles and constructing a particle detector a mile underground. Professor Furmanski will explain why this experiment has to be so large, why it takes so long to build, and what we hope to learn from it.
"Searching for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider" -Nadja Strobbe, Assistant Professor
Particle physicists have developed a comprehensive understanding of how the universe works. However, we know that this understanding is still incomplete. The Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider was built to uncover more of Nature's secrets. We have so far discovered one missing piece, the Higgs boson, but the search continues. Prof. Strobbe will discuss how we can use this experiment to search for new particles and how future upgrades will enable us to dig even deeper.
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