Nobel Laureate Art McDonald Featured in Upcoming Live Webcast


During a live webcast April 13, 2015 Nobel Prize-winning physicist Art McDonald will explain how researchers created an ultra-clean lab two kilometres underground in an active nickel mine to study fundamental physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

March 24, 2016 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – An active nickel mine two kilometres below the Earth’s surface is the last place most people would expect to find an ultra-clean lab for exploring astrophysics and cosmology. On Apr. 13, Nobel Laureate Art McDonald will discuss how researchers created a 1,000-tonne heavy-water-based neutrino detector at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), and explain the research that earned both the 2015 Nobel Prize and 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

The lecture, titled “A Deeper Understanding of the Universe From 2km Underground,” is part of the Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series, and will be webcast live April 13 at 7 PM EDT on the Perimeter Institute website and via partner organizations.

McDonald and collaborators found clear evidence for neutrino flavour change, which also requires that neutrinos have non-zero mass. This evidence led to a modification of the Standard Model for elementary particles – the accepted understanding of the various matter that forms the building blocks of our universe.

The Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Scientific Collaboration since 1989, McDonald is also a Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and a member of Perimeter Institute’s Board of Directors. He has also served as a professor at both Queen’s University and Princeton University, as well as a Research Officer at AECL Chalk River Laboratories. McDonald’s many awards and honours include being named a Companion of the Order of Canada, co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, and a recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as part of the SNO Collaboration.

Following his talk, McDonald will answer questions from the online and in-house audience – including questions submitted prior to and during the talk via Facebook  and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone – aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics and chemistry buffs, and general science enthusiasts.

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Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.

 

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