The enigmatic neutrinos are among the most abundant of the tiny particles that make up our universe. They are a billion times more abundant than the particles of which the earth and we humans are made. Thus, to understand the universe, we must understand the neutrinos. Moving ghostlike, almost invisibly, through matter, these particles are very hard to pin down and study. However, dramatic progress has recently been made.
In this lecture, the neutrinos will be introduced. Their behavior, so different from that of everyday objects, will be explained, and recent discoveries will be described. The open questions about neutrinos, forthcoming attempts to answer these questions, and the role of neutrinos in shaping the universe and making human life possible, will all be explained.
Boris Kayser is an overtly enthusiastic particle physics theorist who is particularly interested in the physics of neutrinos and the asymmetry between matter and anti-matter. An author of well over 100 scientific papers, he served as co-chair of a just-concluded year long study of the future of neutrino physics. He has appeared in an award-winning TV documentary on neutrinos, and is one of the leading public speakers on these ubiquitous but elusive particles.
Boris Kayser is a member of the theory group at SLAC's sister laboratory, Fermilab, with the title of Fermilab distinguished scientist.
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