"Relic Neutrino Physics with the South Pole Telescope" by Nathan Whitehorn (UCLA)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

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Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
(unless otherwise posted)


Guest Speaker:

Nathan Whitehorn (University of California, Los Angeles)

Talk Title: “Relic Neutrino Physics with the South Pole Telescope”


During the Big Bang, neutrinos were produced in tremendous quantities and today compete with photons for the title of most numerous particle in the universe. Through gravitational interactions, this neutrino sea has had profound effects on the history of our universe. These effects depend on fundamental and hard-to-measure properties of neutrinos, notably neutrino mass, the mass hierarchy, and the existence of sterile neutrinos and other light, non-interacting particles. High-resolution surveys of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) can measure these effects, providing a unique window into neutrino physics and the properties of the dark sector, as well as probing a wide range of other physics. In this context, I will discuss the SPT-3G receiver for the South Pole Telescope, deployed at the beginning of this year, as well as the follow-on CMB-S4 project, which is expected to provide a high-significance detection of neutrino mass even at the minimum allowed by terrestrial oscillation measurements.

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

We thank the following people for their contributions to the wine fund for the post-colloquium reception:
Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Robijn Bruinsma, Prof. Wesley Campbell, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Jay Hauser, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. HongWen Jiang, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. John Miao, Prof. George Morales, Prof. Pietro Musumeci, Prof. Christoph Niemann, Prof. Rene Ong, Prof. James Rosenzweig, Prof. David Saltzberg, and Prof. Jean Turner.

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