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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Neutrino image of the sun
« on: May 09, 2007, 03:49:29 AM »
I had no idea they did this, this is awesome beyond words:

Super-Kamiokande 500 day 'image' of the sun in neutrinos.

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Neutrinos, along with things like electrons and quarks, are fundamental pieces of matter according to physicists' Standard Model. But neutrinos are hard to detect. Readily produced in nuclear reactions and particle collisions, they can easily pass completely through planet Earth without once interacting with any other particle. Constructed in an unused mine in Japan, an ambitious large-scale experiment designed to detect and study neutrinos is known as Super-Kamiokande or "Super-K". Only(!) 500 days worth of data was needed to produce this "neutrino image" of the Sun, using Super-K to detect the neutrinos from nuclear fusion in the solar interior. Centered on the Sun's postion, the picture covers a significant fraction of the sky (90x90 degrees in R.A. and Dec.). Brighter colors represent a larger flux of neutrinos.


Offline Swedish Steel

Re: Neutrino image of the sun
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 04:33:56 AM »
Coolio.