The Era of Three Generations: Possible hints from neutrinos in elucidating the matter/antimatter asymmetry of the Universe

Despite being one of the most abundant constituents of
the Universe and more than a half a century of study, some of the most
fundamental properties of the neutrino have only been recently uncovered, and
others still remain unresolved. I will discuss important developments in the
phenomenon of neutrino oscillations, a transmutation process that allows
neutrinos to change between three types as they propagate in time. In
particular, recent discoveries have opened up the possibility of CP violation
in neutrino oscillations, asymmetries in the behavior of neutrinos and their
anti-matter counterparts. CP violation, along with other unresolved properties
of the neutrino, may play a central role in how the universe came to a
matter-dominated state. I will also discuss a new generation of experiments
that may allow us to establish whether CP violation does indeed occur in
neutrino oscillations.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Lazaridis Theatre