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Thursday, January 30th 2020
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Andrew Furmanski, University of Minnesota
Subject: Neutrino oscillations - the path to new physics?
Refreshments in atrium after the Colloquium.

The standard model of particle physics gives neutrinos no mass. The discovery that neutrinos can change flavor tells us they must have non-zero mass. In the 20 years since its discovery, ever more precise measurements of neutrino oscillations, including by two large experiments in Minnesota, have brought us to an era of precision measurements that may begin to explain the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe, as well as potentially opening a window to entirely new physics. This talk will describe the history of neutrino oscillation measurements, and discuss two new experiments, DUNE and SBN, which are hoping to discover new physics through neutrino oscillations.

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