The Strangest Particle

And why it could be the answer to dark matter

Ella Alderson
Jul 4 · 6 min read
A supermassive black hole projects a jet of matter into space. It’s from active galactic nuclei such as this that high-energy neutrinos arrive on Earth.
A trail of light is caught by the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan. Image by Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, University of Tokyo.
The Solar Neutrino Problem is a perfect example of oscillations. The experiment from the 1960’s experienced a lack of electron neutrinos arriving in the Homestake mine in Dakota. Because they weren’t accounting for the oscillations, researchers failed to detect the tau and muon neutrinos also arriving at the mine.
Like this animated particle, a neutrino of one flavor doesn’t have to stay that flavor forever. The more it travels, the more its identity can change.
A DUNE prototype. In studying neutrinos which come from collapsed supernova, the particles could help us witness the birth of a black hole. Image by CERN.

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Ella Alderson

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Physics student. A passion for language and the mysteries of our universe, our future, and our human condition. I can be reached at ella.aldrsn@gmail.com

FutureSin

FutureSin

Futurism articles bent on cultivating an awareness of exponential technologies while exploring the 4th industrial revolution.