Jared Kofron: A Massive Problem: A Brief History of the Tiny Neutrino

Tues 5/7/13, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall
$5; Free for UW Students.
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One of the very long standing puzzles in modern physics is the nature of a particle called the “neutrino”, which is the lightest particle known to exist. Since the early 20th century, physicists have been trying to measure or infer the properties of this ghostly particle, and the story of this research forms a fascinating journey of scientific inference. Even today, some of the largest and most technically advanced physics experiments are dedicated to uncovering the truth behind this little particle. I will review the history of our knowledge as well as current efforts to determine the mass of the neutrino.

JK Town Hall Engage Talk – May 7, 2013 from Jared Kofron on Vimeo.

Jared is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Washington Physics Department. His research is focused on developing new techniques for low to medium energy electron energy spectroscopy, with a bent towards future neutrino mass measurements. Before coming to Seattle, Jared studied Physics at Beloit College in Wisconsin, as well as at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Northwestern University on subjects ranging from superconducting thin films to protein adhesion.

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