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Catching ghost particles
Dr Asher Kaboth (RHUL) – Catching ghost particles
Every day as we go through our lives, rush to work or enjoy the sun, we are unaware of trillions tiny particles passing through our bodies every single second – and by the time we stop to think about them, they have passed all the way through the earth, traveling near the speed of light. These mysterious particles are called neutrinos, also known as ghost particles, because they cannot be easily detected. Scientists build detectors as large as a cubic kilometre in order to “see” just a few of them.
Their role in unravelling the mysteries of the Universe is crucial, as they are offering us an alternative source of information, from places that light cannot reach. Exciting research has been taking place for the last 20 years and has been recently rewarded with the 2015 Nobel Prize.
Join Dr Asher Kaboth, Royal Holloway Physicist, to a journey of neutrino discovery, full of twists and unexpected results! Why are neutrinos challenging our current understanding of nature? Where do they come from and how can we find them?
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Introduction by Anna Christodoulou (SEPnet/Ogden Trust Outreach Officer) and Professor Pedro Teixeira-Dias (HoD Physics, RHUL):