Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Groundbreaking on Daya Bay

Another neutrino project is under way. The Daya Bay neutrino experiment, a joint collaboration between China and US, has broken ground this week.

Over the last decade or so, physicists have found convincing evidence that neutrinos can transform – or oscillate – from one “flavour” (electron, muon or tau) into another as they travel through space, a phenomenon that means neutrinos have mass. The Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment is designed to measure Θ13, the only one of nine “mixing angles” that has not been accurately determined.

Couple that with MINOS/NuMI and the possible NOvA experiment, there will be a lot of data about neutrinos coming our way within the next 10 years or so.


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