Mysterious Neutrinos

23/10/2015

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Since Wolfgang Pauli postulated the existence in 1930, neutrinos have been considered the most mysterious of the elementary particles. Even though they are the second most abundant particle in the universe, they are also the most elusive.

 

About the turn of the century, in independent experiments, Takaaki Kajita from Japan and the Canadian Arthur McDonald, were able to prove that neutrinos transform themselves between three types, electron-type, muon-type and tau-type. For this discovery of so-called neutrino oscillations, they were awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize.

This lecture seeks to explain the significance of this discovery for modern physics, introduce more recent research on the topic, and present the contributions made by RTWH physicists to current research on neutrinos.

The event with Dr. Stefan Roth, Chair of Experimental Physics III B and Institute of Physics III, will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 7pm in Hörsaal HKW 1, Wüllnerstraße 1. Admission is free of charge and registration is not required.