Join Cool Science for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. Presenters begin at 6:30 pm with food and drink available beginning at 6:00 pm. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Next On Tap: January 14, 2018
Earth vs. Neutrinos at the Big Ice Cube
The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is the first detector of its kind, designed to observe relativistic particles from space from deep within the South Pole glacier. Instrumenting a cubic kilometer of ice, IceCube is a multi-purpose experiment whose primary focus is searching for the nearly massless subatomic particles called neutrinos. These high-energy astronomical messengers provide information to probe the most violent astrophysical sources: events like supernovas, gamma-ray bursts, and collisions of black holes and neutron stars. This talk will include the design of IceCube and many of its most recent results, including the first indication of the origin of the ultra-high-energy neutrinos that arrive on Earth daily.
Sandy Miarecki is originally from Chicago but calls Woodstock IL her hometown. She is an assistant professor of physics at the Air Force Academy, after retiring from the Air Force as an instructor pilot and test pilot. Her PhD dissertation at Berkeley focused on neutrinos from cosmic rays to determine the cross section ('size') of the neutrino, using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory located at the South Pole. Her research was published in the Nov 2017 issue of Nature, including the first measurement of neutrino absorption by the Earth and of the neutrino cross section well above the energies of Earth-bound particle accelerators.