Next colloquium

Next colloquium

Tuesday, 14 May at 3 pm

Andrew Laing

Double beta decay as a probe of the fundamental nature of the neutrino

The nature of the neutrino is one of the most intriguing areas of study in modern particle and astrophysics. From its humble origins as a massless cu- riosity proposed to save energy conservation in beta decays, the neutrino has consistently surprised and led to some of the most important experimental re- sults of the last decades. A particularly interesting prospect is that the neutrino could be a Majorana fermion, its own antiparticle. While a number of possi- ble experimental methods have been proposed, the most sensitive experimental method to probe this possibility is that of neutrino-less double beta decay where two neutrons in a nucleus decay simultaneously without the emission of antineu- trinos. In this talk, I will review the field of double beta decay searches with special focus on the experimental techniques employed to reduce backgrounds from natural radiation sources. I will also discuss future prospects for virtually background-less experiments and the impact of an observation.

Colloquia 2018/19

Colloquia 2018/19

2018

Date

Speaker

Title

19/09/2018

Daniele Faccio (Glasgow)

Viewing the world with quantum eyes

26/09/2018

Steve Barnett (Glasgow)

Vacuum friction and related puzzles

10/10/2018

Daniel J. Smith (Glasgow)

Mental health research using large-scale population data

24/10/2018

Laura Nuttall (Portsmouth)

How data quality affects the search for gravitational waves and the resulting astrophysical implications

7/11/2018

Ilja Gerhardt (MPI-FKF Stuttgart)

Polarization entangled photon pairs from a single molecule

21/11/2018

Leo Molina-Luna (TU Darmstadt)

Colloquium cancelled

5/12/2018

Christian Bonato (Heriot-Watt)

Quantum technology with single spins

2019

Date

Speaker

Title

16/01/2019

Sally Jordan (Open University)

Demographic gaps in physics retention and attainment: Myth and reality

23/01/2019

Ed Daw (Sheffield)

Hunting for axions with ADMX

06/02/2019

Viv Kendon (Durham)

Computational quantum walks

20/02/2019

Sir Michael Berry (Bristol)

Nature's optics and our understanding of light

6/03/2019

Susan Smith (ATLAS)

Colloquium cancelled

20/03/2019

Christoph Englert (Glasgow)

Particle Physics in the Higgs Era

17/4/2019

Sneha Malde (Oxford)

Beautiful and Charming CP violation: Looking for cracks in the Standard Model

14/5/2019

tba

Colloquium on Mental Heath Awareness 

22/5/2019

Andrew Laing (Texas Arlington)

Double beta decay as a probe of the fundamental nature of the neutrino