The Particle Physics Christmas lecture by Prof Francis Halzen

Date: 
7 Dec 2019 - 10:30am
Venue: 
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
Alumni & Guests

The 2019 Particle Physics Lecture will take place on 7 December, and will be hosted by our Head of Particle Physics, Prof Daniela Bortoletto.

Further details about timings and the format of the day will follow, but will be similar to previous years (mid morning to mid afternoon, including a sit down lunch).

On this occasion, we are delighted to announce that Prof Francis Halzen will be our guest speaker. He is Hilldale and Gregory Breit Professor at the University Wisconsin-Madison.

Prof Halzen is a theoretician studying problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. In 1987 he began working on the AMANDA experiment, a prototype neutrino telescope buried under the South Pole. It provided a proof-of-concept for IceCube, a kilometer-scale detector completed in 2010 which in 2013 discovered an extraterrestrial flux of high energy neutrinos. More recently in 2018 the first cosmic source of such neutrinos was tentatively identified. IceCube has also made precision measurements of neutrino oscillations, searched for dark matter and even contributed to our understanding of glaciology. Prof Halzen will discuss these achievements as well as plans for a much bigger detector that will firmly establish neutrino astronomy as a new window on the universe.

Please book your place, using the password PPhysics19 (case sensitive) here soon to avoid disappointment, places are limited.

Image credit: icecube.wisc.edu