Disque Hall Room 919, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Physics Colloquium: A Long Distance for the Smallest Particle: Recent Results from ...
Monday, February 17, 2014
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Kendall B.M. Mahn,
postdoctoral fellow, TRIUMF
“A Long Distance for the Smallest Particle: Recent Results from the T2K Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment”
One of the most promising investigations of beyond-the-Standard-Model physics has been the study of neutrino oscillation, that is, the conversion of neutrinos from one flavor to another as they propagate. While neutrino oscillation is studied in a wide variety of laboratories, the strongest constraints on the neutrino oscillation mixing parameters, theta23 and Dm2(32) come from long baseline neutrino experiments. A long baseline neutrino experiment employs a particle accelerator to produce a neutrino beam which travels 100-1000km in one of the grandest tests of quantum mechanics imaginable. This talk will describe the importance of neutrino oscillation in our understanding of the universe, and how long baseline experiments are shaping our understanding of neutrino oscillation physics, with the latest results from experiments such as T2K.
"Observation of Electron Neutrino Appearance in a Muon Neutrino Beam", T2K collaboration, accepted by Phys Rev Lett, http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.475
American Physical Society sponsored
book on neutrino oscillation: www.interactions.org/pdf/neutrino_pamphlet.pdf
Michelle Dolinski, PhD