Speaker's Night: What is DUNE? Embark on the underground telescope to pierce the secrets of matter! (ONLINE)

Claire David
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Claire David, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy, York University; Associate Scientist, Fermilab

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is an international project dedicated to studying a mysterious particle called the neutrino. They are one of the most abundant elements in the cosmos, yet they barely interact with matter. Trillions are going through your body every second (harmlessly).

Physicists are very curious about the shy neutrinos as this particle alone could help us understand our entire Universe, especially solving a century old mystery: “Why, after the Big Bang, did matter overtake antimatter?”

This presentation will introduce our three main characters: the electron-neutrino, the muon-neutrino and the tau-neutrino. The scene starts from Fermilab, a laboratory in suburban Chicago with a particle accelerator that will produce the world's most intense beam of neutrinos. We will travel with the neutrinos through Earth toward another DUNE detector 800 miles away in South Dakota, where our heroes will be seen under the spotlight. How are we detecting neutrino? What will DUNE find? Why is it important for our knowledge of the laws of Nature and our Universe? Let’s embark on the adventure of the neutrinos with DUNE!

Who can attend: Everyone
Not required
Organized by: RASC, Toronto Centre