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.