Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture 2024

When Going Underground, Don't Forget the Sunscreen
(and other lessons from experimental neutrino physics)

Prof. Joseph Formaggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4 pm on Wednesday March 20th 2024
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Since their conception by Wolfgang Pauli in 1930, neutrinos -"the little neutral ones"- have been an endless source of fascination, frustration, and discovery. Countless predictions about their nature and properties have been upended by tedious -almost impossible- experiments. More recently, scientists have honed their efforts to understand and measure the neutrino's mass, a property that has eluded scientists for almost a century. In my lecture, I will discuss the recent experimental efforts underway to measure the mass of the neutrino, so as to better understand the fundamental nature of this ever-elusive particle.

I will give an overview of the early, exciting Webb's findings by focusing on the new results on distant galaxies. I will show that some of these discoveries are indeed changing our understanding of galaxy formation in the early Universe and of their subsequent evolution across the cosmic epochs.


This year's Spreadbury Lecture (the 33rd) will be given by Prof. Joseph Formaggio from Massachusetts Institue of Technology

The lecture will take place in the Darwin Lecture Theatre, B40 at 4pm on Wednesday March 20th 2024.

All are welcome and the lecture will be at a level accessible to undergraduates studying either physics or astrophysics.

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.