Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture 2015

                                Neutrino Oscillations At Work
                                          Prof. Jenny Thomas

                                4:00pm on Wednesday March 11th 2015

The observation that the three types of neutrino flavour oscillate among themselves led to the realisation that neutrinos have a very small but non-zero mass. This is extremely important because the supremely successful Standard Model of particle physics had expected, and indeed needed, the neutrinos to have exactly zero mass. Since the discovery of neutrino oscillations over the last 15 years, the parameters of the oscillations have been sufficiently well measured to turn neutrino oscillations into a tool for learning more about the elusive neutrino. I will explain the concept of neutrino oscillations, and report on the recent results from around the world and the new challenges now facing researchers trying to infer the remaining unknown neutrino properties. I will talk briefly about an exciting new project on the horizon for the very near future.

This years Spreadbury Lecture will be given by Prof. Jenny Thomas. She has been at UCL since 1997 and a Professor since 2005. She has received numerous honours including fellowships of the IoP, American Physical Society and a CBE. She is presently the spokesperson of two international neutrino experiments: MINOS+ and CHIPS.

The lecture will take place in the Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre at 4:00pm on Wednesday March 11 2015.

All students are welcome and the lecture will be accessible to undergraduates studying either physics or astrophysics. The event is co-sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Event Horizon Society.

Following the lecture, refreshments will be served in E3/E7 in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and anyone attending the lecture is most welcome.