As a graduate student, I had the good fortune of being asked to learn about solar neutrinos, so that I could give an introductory talk on the subject to other graduate students, preparing them for an upcoming colloquium by John Bahcall. This started my life-long interest in neutrinos and created lasting friendships with John and others who were similarly drawn to neutrino problems. I will describe where we stand today, emphasizing the various ongoing activities at Berkeley that are focused on probing the unusual properties of this elusive particle. I’ll conclude by describing N3AS, a new Physics Frontier Center at Berkeley that will open its doors this fall, emphasizing the similarities between the solar neutrino confusion of the 70s and 80s, and N3AS efforts to understand how neutrinos behave in the truly exotic environments produced within supernovae and neutron star mergers.
Speaker: Wick Haxton, UC Berkeley
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