Looking for a dark neutrino needle in a haystack is about to get much easier
The light to be shed on gaps in the so-called Standard Model of particle physics could be lurking in the dark sector (dark matter, dark radiation and dark energy), specifically in one or more particles associated with it that may have very weak couplings to the Standard Model. The strongest interactions between the Standard Model and the dark sector always involve a neutrino. However, finding a predicted particle purported to arise out of very rare interactions between neutrinos and the dark sector is no easy task. The EU-funded TheDarkNeutrino project is developing novel software 'trigger' algorithms for CERN's pioneering NA62 experiment and beyond, which will be able to detect these very rare dark neutrino events in data sets with exquisite accuracy. The project's success could change our understanding of particle physics.
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