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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Physics Building, Room 204
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[Host: Brad Cox]
"Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model with Neutrinos"
Although there has been tremendous progress over the past decade, many basic properties of neutrinos are still unknown and the possibility of future surprises remains strong.
Recent neutrino experiments have conclusively observed that neutrinos have non-zero masses and that neutrinos change from one flavor to another.
The MiniBooNE experiment at Fermilab
recently presented its first neutrino oscillation results, where no significant excess of events was observed at higher energies, but a sizeable excess of events was observed at lower energies. The lack of a significant excess at higher energies allowed MiniBooNE to rule out simple 2-neutrino oscillations as an explanation of the LSND signal; however, the excess at lower energies is presently unexplained. Other data sets, including the NuMI, antineutrino, and SciBooNE data, should allow the collaboration to determine whether the lower-energy excess is due to background or to new physics.
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