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Director’s Colloquium Neutrino window on the universe
April 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Neutrinos offer a unique view of the high-energy Universe. Unlike photons or charged particles, neutrinos can travel across the Universe without interference as they are not absorbed by matter, nor are their trajectories bent by magnetic fields. IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, instrumenting a cubic kilometre of ice below the South Pole. With IceCube, we use neutrino observations to study the high-energy universe and, in particular, to investigate the origins of the most energetic cosmic rays. Soon after completion, the IceCube telescope provided a breakthrough for the astroparticle community, with the first detection of astrophysical neutrinos reported in 2013. In the ensuing years IceCube has provided many more results over its wide physics portfolio. In this talk I will describe IceCube and present our latest results.
Jenni Adams is an Associate Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Canterbury. Her research interests are in astroparticle physics, the interface between astrophysics and particle physics where the goal is to learn about high energy astrophysics using our knowledge of particle physics and to learn about the fundamental constituents of matter using the Universe as our laboratory. She has had visiting professor positions at the University of Stockholm and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. Prior to joining University of Canterbury she was a research fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden and earned a DPhil in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University, where she was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study.