The Search for Ultra-High Energy Neutrinos with ANITA
Ultra-high energy neutrino astronomy is a rapidly emerging field at the crossroads of particle physics and astrophysics. The ANITA (ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna) experiment is a balloon-borne radio telescope, designed to detect coherent Cherenkov emission from cosmogenic ultra-high energy neutrinos. ANITA has had two successful Long Duration Balloon flights in Antarctica. I will present the results from the first two flights of ANITA, including the search for ultra-high energy neutrinos, a more sensitive search for neutrinos coincident with gamma-ray bursts, and the unexpected detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. I will also discuss plans and the status of preparations for the upcoming third flight of ANITA.
Date: Tuesday, 9 October 2012 Time: 16:00 Where: McGill University Ernest Rutherford Physics Building, R.E. Bell Conference Room (room 103) Contact: Robert Rutledge