Physics 585

Neutrino Physics / Seminar in Experimental Nuclear Physics

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Physics 585

Eighty-six years ago, when Pauli proposed the existence of the neutrino, he famously lamented that it was a particle that could never be discovered. Now, neutrino measurements are routine, and moving to unprecedented levels of precision. Neutrino oscillations were our first hint of beyond-the-Standard-Model physics in the electroweak sector, and the neutrino sector may yet hold more surprises. In Spring 2016, we will survey open topics in neutrino physics. This course is available to graduate students for 1 credit (ungraded).

At each class meeting, a student, postdoc or other friend of the seminar will present current and/or classic papers on neutrino physics, and will lead discussion.

We will meet on Tuesdays at noon in the CENPA (NPL) conference room.

Please find the course schedule here. A syllabus is available online.


The specific topics covered may change based on student interest. Here is a list of suggested papers for each topic (including review papers for deeper exploration).

  • Neutrino mass scale
  • Historic neutrino measurements
  • Neutrino-nucleus interactions
  • Neutrino oscillations: mass splittings and mixing angles
  • Neutrino oscillations: mass hierarchy and CP violation
  • Neutrinoless double beta decay
  • Solar neutrinos
  • Geoneutrinos
  • Supernova neutrinos
  • High-energy astrophysical neutrinos
  • Sterile neutrinos and neutrino anomalies
  • Exotic neutrino properties