Not of this Earth: the advent of neutrino astronomy

13 Mar2014

Speaker: Darren Grant, University of Alberta

Time: March 13, 2014 16:00 - 17:00

Location:

Hennings 201
6224 Agricultural Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada

Scientists have created the world’s largest neutrino telescope, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, in one of the planets most extreme environments at South Pole Station Antarctica. Instrumenting more than a Gigaton of ice, the observatory is designed to detect interactions of the highest energy neutrinos expected to be produced in the Universe’s most violent astrophysical processes. With IceCube’s recent announcement of the first detection of a diffuse flux of high-energy neutrinos (30 TeV to more than a PeV) of extraterrestrial origin a new window to study the Universe was opened. In this talk I will present the very latest results from IceCube and discuss what they imply for the emerging field of neutrino astronomy.

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