Neutrino Telescopes XV
    By Tommaso Dorigo | February 14th 2013 08:05 AM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Every two years physicists and astrophysicists who work in the area of neutrino physics get together in the wonderful setting of Palazzo Franchetti, a historical palace on the Canal Grande in Venice, Italy, to discuss the latest results of experiments and theoretical ideas, and to plan for the future.

    The conference series has now reached its fifteenth edition. It will take place from March 11th to March 15th, that is in a month from now. It will be the first time without Massimilla Baldo Ceolin, who passed away in November 2011; the last edition in 2011 was also organized without Milla's help, but she was all the same a presence at the conference, which will now be sorely missed.

    The site of the conference already lists the talks and most of the speakers; the conference also features a poster session, to encourage the participation of young scientists. And it features a blog, which will discuss the contributions, and provide for an open forum for discussions of the results and the theoretical ideas. I encourage you to visit the blog and subscribe to it if you are interested in neutrino physics and astrophysics.

    Here is a short summary of the program (cut-and-paste from the posting I just made at the conference blog site!):

    Tuesday, March 12th
    : Carlo Rubbia will talk about “New concepts for a Higgs factory”. The rest of the day will be a showcase of results from neutrino experiments, such as ICARUS, OPERA, MINOS, Superkamiokande, etcetera.

    Wednesday, March 13th: the day will be packed full of interesting theoretical talks alternating with experiment reports, including two discussions on the reactor antineutrino anomaly, results from AMS, Nova, Daya Bay II.

    Thursday, March 14th: more experimental reports and theory talks, including discussions of experimental challenges in double beta decays, an overview of atmospheric neutrinos, a discussion of future neutrino projects in the US, plus reports from Gerda, Cuore, and other experiments.

    Friday, March 15th: the final morning of the conference will be dedicated to Antares, IceCube, and similar experiments, plus discussions of astroparticle physics and cosmology.


    A Neutrino Telescope would be a really really cool imager! If sensitive enough it might give us a way get a peek past the CMB, which would probably topple the apple cart, pointing the way to a rewrite of many physics books.
    Never is a long time.
    The hardest part would be finding a way to focus the neutrino's and form an image of some kind.  Right now we are lucky to simply detect them.   Maybe someday. :)
    Science advances as much by mistakes as by plans.
    And quietly, in the back seats of the conference room, there will be a couple of people intently listening, ready to apply the achievements in the field to communications with nuclear submarines, deeply submerged under the oceans or across the planet, which suddenly became a translucent medium.

    Hey all,
    Neutrino telescopes have existed for decades. Only, the concept is a bit different from that of ordinary telescopes. No focusing needed since you individually detect the quanta and measure their direction and energy. Integration times are longer. And you have a full 4 pi opening.