December 3rd, 2014
A major discovery regarding the behavior of neutrino’s was announced in southern China this month. After decades of wondering how electron neutrinos fluctuate between the three ‘flavors’ or types that exist, researchers now have a very precise measurement of how often they oscillate into other flavors.
Using six massive detectors buried in the mountains near the Daya Bay and Ling Ao nuclear reactors in southern China, researchers have been able to observe tens of thousands of electron antineutrino interactions, which led to this groundbreaking discovery. Other labs at nuclear facilities in Japan, France, and South Korea have also been working on the process of being able to measure this previously unknown characteristic. Now researchers around the world are one step closer to answering two major questions regarding the power of neutrinos:
Source: Symmetry Breaking
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