Special P-A Colloquium: Ghosts in the Ice

Speaker:  Darren Grant, University of Alberta

Title: Ghosts in the Ice: Searching for the Universe's most elusive particles at the South Pole

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
Type: Colloquium
Location: 1415 BPS Bldg.

Abstract:
In some of the planet's most extreme environments scientists are constructing enormous detectors to study the very rare interactions produced by neutrinos. In particular, at South Pole Station Antarctica more than a cubic kilometer of the deep glacial ice has been instrumented to construct the world's largest neutrino detector to date: the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Designed to detect the highest energy neutrinos expected to be produced in the most violent astrophysical processes, IceCube has established a vibrant scientific program that has begun to revolutionize the fields of particle and astro-physics. In this talk I will present some of the most recent results from this new window to the Universe, and will discuss the plans underway to significantly enhance its long-term future reach.