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Physicists Conrad, Shaevitz Say Neutrino Experiment Could Shed Light on Supremacy of Matter

The new MiniBooNE detector, an underground 250,000-gallon sphere filled with mineral oil at FermiLab, observed its first neutrino events this fall. In the coming months, the events its photodetectors continue to record could provide valuable information about why we exist, or why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter.

MiniBooNE Experiment

Janet Conrad

Michael Shaevitz

The MiniBooNE Experiment in a Nutshell
According to Physics Professor Michael Shaevitz, possible asymmetries in neutrinos could explain the basic asymmetries that might be responsible for the supremacy of matter. Shaevitz and Conrad explain how the MiniBooNE Detector will record half a million of the valuable neutrino events over the next year.

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What Have Neutrinos Done for Me Today?
Physics Professor Janet Conrad explains the recent observation of the changing characteristics of the "most elusive of all the fundamental particles," the neutrino, for which there are a million in every gallon of space. Evidence shows that these ghost-like neutrinos can transform themselves from one type into another, a shock on par with "cats turning into dogs," says Conrad.

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Shot: Sep 25, 2002
Published: Jan 29, 2003
Last modified:Jan 29, 2004