University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

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Wednesday, October 29th 2014
1:25 pm:
Nuclear Physics Seminar in 435 Physics
Speaker: Matt Kistler (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford)
Subject: Implications of the first high-energy astrophysical neutrino events in IceCube

Neutrinos have the potential to tell us much about some of the most extreme environments in the Universe; however, colossal detectors are required to overcome the weak neutrino interactions. The IceCube experiment recently announced the exciting first detection of high-energy neutrinos with plausible extraterrestrial origins. I will discuss from a theoretical perspective what this new flux has already told us about the inner workings of the sources of extragalactic cosmic rays. Additionally, I will touch upon connections with a variety of other observations in the Milky Way and beyond along with how these can be strengthened in coming years.

Faculty Host: Yong-Zhong Qian

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