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