Ice Fishing for Neutrinos
September 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
CULC, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 Fourth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract: The IceCube project at the South Pole has melted eighty-six holes over 1.5 miles deep in the Antarctic icecap for use as astronomical observatories.
The project recently discovered a flux of neutrinos reaching us from the cosmos,with energies more than a million times those of the neutrinos produced at
accelerator laboratories. These neutrinos are astronomical messengers from some of the most violent processes in the universe associated with starbursts,
giant black holes gobbling up stars in the heart of quasars and gamma-ray bursts, the biggest explosions since the Big Bang. We will discuss the IceCube
telescope and highlight its first scientific results.