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Livia Ludhova (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

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McDonald Institute Seminar Series

Date: February 16, 2021

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Livia Ludhova (Forschungszentrum Jülich)

A new journey to the center of the Earth: goeneutrino measurement with Borexino

There are still several unanswered fundamental questions concerning our planet and in particular, about the deep Earth, from where we lack direct samples. Today, thanks to the progress in neutrino-detection techniques, a new and unique tool to study our planet exists geoneutrinos,  antineutrinos from the decays of long-lived radioactive elements inside the Earth. Last year, the Borexino experiment published its updated geoneutrino measurement.  Thanks to both more acquired data, as well as improved analysis techniques in an enlarged fiducial volume, the final precision has significantly improved. The seminar will introduce the field, describe the key elements of the updated analysis, and will present the measured geoneutrino signal.  Geological interpretation and significance of the new result will be discussed, as for example in terms of the corresponding radiogenic heat, geoneutrino signal from the Earth’s mantle or the limit to the hypothetical georeactor. You are invited to join this new journey to the Earth’s interior!


McDonald Insititute seminars bring together experimental and theoretical astroparticle physicists and astronomers. They are held approximately fortnightly, September to November and January to March, and on an ad hoc basis outside of term. They currently take place on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM on Zoom. Contact Aaron Vincent if you would like to attend.