Arthur B. McDonald, a 2015 Nobel Prize winner in physics, will be on campus to give a lecture titled “A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 Miles Underground.”
Hear a Nobel Laureate speak!
Join the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy for the 40th Van Vleck Lecture.
40th Van Vleck Lecture:
“A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 Miles Underground”
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. - Doors open
7 p.m. - Lecture
Ted Mann Concert Hall
Featuring Arthur B. McDonald, a 2015 Nobel Prize winner in physics and professor emeritus at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
About the lecture
By going 1.2 miles underground and creating an ultra-clean laboratory, it is possible to address some very fundamental questions about our Universe such as, “How does the Sun burn?” “What are the dark matter particles making up 27 percent of our Universe?” “What are the properties of neutrinos, elusive particles that are one of the fundamental building blocks of nature?”
In this lecture, McDonald will discuss how the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is able to observe new properties of neutrinos that go beyond the standard model of elementary particles and confirm that the models of how the Sun burns are very accurate. With the expanded laboratory SNOLAB, researchers are welcoming the world in collaborative experiments that are looking for the properties of dark matter particles, seeking further properties of neutrinos, and looking for neutrino signals from supernovae in our galaxy, from the Earth and from the Sun. McDonald will also explore advantages created by the development of one of the lowest radioactivity laboratories in the world and describe the resulting fundamental science.
The lecture is free and open to the public. No registration required. Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event.
CSE Student Services