The Case of the Missing Neutrinos: Results from SuperKamiokande

Type Conference Paper
Names T. J. Haines
Proceedings Title Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference Name American Astronomical Society, HEAD meeting #4, #22.03
Volume 31
Pages 723
Date April 1, 1999
Short Title The Case of the Missing Neutrinos
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Abstract Neutrinos are enigmatic particles that were invented in the 1930's and discovered in the 1950's. Some 40 years after their discovery, much mystery surrounds the properties of neutrinos. Neutrinos come in three types, or ``flavors," that describe the properties of their interactions. It has long been speculated that neutrinos may change flavor, so-called neutrinos oscillations, as they propagate through space. Data from the SuperKamiokande experiment, located under the Japanese Alps, has for the first time produced evidence of neutrino oscillations that is generally accepted. A brief background about neutrino oscillations will be given, followed by many details about the data from SuperKamiokande. A short discussion of possible implications of neutrino oscillations will close the talk.
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