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Event: This is a Family Event along with a Technical Talk and a Benefit for the Wisconsin Science Museum. Bring the whole family to explore the Wisconsin Science Museum and enjoy a lunch on us. For those more technically interested, stay for the technical talk about the NSF-Sponsored IceCube Neutrino Detector now operational in Antarctica. Child care for young children will be provided for those parents wishing to attend the technical talk.
Talk: IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, which encompasses a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. It is a huge particle detector that records the interactions of a nearly massless subatomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma-ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars. It is a powerful tool to search for dark matter and could reveal the physical processes associated with the enigmatic origin of the highest energy particles in nature.
In addition, exploring the background of neutrinos produced in the atmosphere, IceCube studies the neutrinos themselves; their energies far exceed those produced by accelerator beams.
Speaker: Dr. Francis Hazen is a theoretician studying problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Since 1987, he has been working on the AMANDA experiment, a first-generation neutrino telescope at the South Pole. AMANDA observations represent a proof of concept for IceCube, a kilometer-scale observatory recently completed.