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Amy Connolly (OSU)

Event Details

McDonald Institute Seminar Series

Location: STI 501, and Zoom

Date: March 16, 2023

Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

Title: Ultra high energy neutrino detection in Antarctic ice: an evolving story

High energy astrophysics is now being probed using four different energetic messengers: (charged) cosmic rays, gamma rays, gravitational waves, and neutrinos. The past decade has been marked by discoveries of gravitational waves and neutrinos up to O(10^16 eV). Neutrinos in the ultra-high energy (UHE) regime (above 10^18 eV) are an important missing piece of the multi-messenger picture of the high energy universe, and will also be important probes of new physics. Experiments using radio techniques in Antarctic ice are the most promising for the discovery of UHE neutrinos. Results and experience from past and current radio experiments are informing the design of next-generation radio arrays that aim to pioneer UHE neutrino astronomy. After an overview of the status of the field, I will focus on important insights that we have gained so far about the Antarctic ice sheet in particular, and the ways in which those insights pose both challenges and exciting opportunities for UHE neutrino detection. I will also highlight the GENETIS Collaboration, based at OSU, which uses evolutionary algorithms to optimize detector designs while accounting for our most up-to-date knowledge of the complex environment.

This McDonald Institute seminar will be held in Stirling 501, and on Zoom. Please contact Aaron Vincent to be added to the Queen’s astroparticle listserv, through which the zoom link will be posted.