Colloquia

Special Colloquium


Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:00 PM
The Rotunda, Room Dome Room
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"Ice Fishing for Neutrinos at the South Pole"


Francis Halzen , UW - Wisconsin
[Host: Craig Group]
ABSTRACT:

The IceCube project at the South Pole has melted eighty-six holes over 1.5 miles deep in the Antarctic icecap for use as astronomical observatories. The project recently discovered a flux of neutrinos reaching us from the cosmos, with energies more than a million times those of the neutrinos produced at accelerator laboratories. These neutrinos are astronomical messengers from some of the most violent processes in the universe--giant black holes gobbling up stars in the heart of quasars and gamma-ray bursts, the biggest explosions since the Big Bang.

In a special public lecture, brought to you by the departments of physics, astronomy, and NRAO Francis Halzen, Gregory Breit Professor and Hilldale Professor of Physics at UW-Madison and the principal investigator of IceCube, will tell the story of the IceCube telescope and discuss highlights from recent scientific results.

 

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