A tabletop detector gives us a new window on particle billiards
Neutrinos have frustrated and intrigued scientists for decades. Despite their ubiquity – trillions of them pass through your body every second – they are highly non-reactive making the usual means of detection via evidence of a collision almost useless. Nearly half a century ago, scientists predicted that neutrinos should collide more frequently with atomic nuclei than with other particles. This would result in the recoil of the nucleus, a process called coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering. This prediction was observed for the first time only a few years ago. Now, EU-funded scientists are building on their world record-setting sensitivity for detection of nuclear recoils with the NU-CLEUS project. The team will integrate the technology into an unprecedented tabletop detector, paving the way to a new era of discovery for the team, Europe and the global particle physics community.
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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