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 June 15, 2011

Rochester group involved in an interesting new result in neutrino physics

Rochester group involved in an interesting new result in neutrino physics

The Tokai-to-Kamiokande (T2K) experiment recently released a result showing a strong indication of a new type of neutrino oscillation which is causing a buzz in the neutrino physics community. T2K, whose primary purpose is to study neutrino interactions at a large distance from their source, has observed neutrino interactions in the Super-Kamiokande detector on the western side of Japan coming from neutrinos produced at the J-PARC laboratory on the eastern coast of Japan. T2K announced recently that they have observed an indication that muon neutrinos are able to transform into electron neutrinos over a distance of 295 km through the quantum mechanical phenomena of neutrino flavor oscillations. Assuming this result holds up as more data is collected, it means that physicists in the future should be able to probe the properties of neutrinos searching for the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. More information about this result and the experiment can be found by clicking here.

The Rochester neutrino group is led by Prof. McFarland in collaboration with Profs. Bodek and Manly.

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