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Physics Colloquium

“The Brave nu World"

André de Gouvêa
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Northwestern University

Neutrinos are the most elusive of the known fundamental particles. Nonetheless, over the last 15 years, heroic experimental efforts aimed at understanding neutrinos have discovered that neutrinos are more interesting than originally dictated by the standard model of particle physics -- it turns out that neutrinos have mass! After introducing the neutrinos, I will discuss how we came to discover that neutrinos have tiny but nonzero masses and why this is a big deal. I will then describe some of the fundamental questions related to neutrinos, and how we hope to answer some of them in the near future.

When
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:50pm – 4:50pm Central Time
Where
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