Neutrino Physics with the Enriched Xenon Observatory

When: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Michelle Dolinski
Organization: Drexel University
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

Because neutrinos interact only weakly with normal matter, they are extremely difficult to study in the laboratory.  However, studying neutrinos can give us a better understanding of the origin and structure of the universe.  Because the Standard Model of Particle Physics includes only massless neutrinos, the study of neutrino mass is a direct probe into new physics. It is an experimentally open question whether neutrinos have distinct antiparticles, and the answer is directly related to the origin of neutrino mass.  The observation of neutrinoless double beta decay, a non-Standard Model version of a rare nuclear process, would prove that neutrinos are their own antiparticles. I will report the most recent results from the EXO-200 experiment, a liquid xenon time projection chamber that uses 200 kg of enriched xenon to search for neutrinoless double beta decay of Xe-136.

Host: Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto
High Energy