KamiokaNDE and the Neutrino

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KamiokaNDE and the Neutrino
Author: Atsuto Suzuki
Specifications: ISBN  978-4621300497
178 pages
14.8 x 21.0 cm / 5.9 x 8.4 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Maruzen Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2016
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The neutrino is an elementary particle that is key to understanding the structure and origins of the universe, but because its interactions are weak and difficult to detect, research on the particle had a slow start. Rising to the challenge, Japanese scientists developed a new proton decay detector and became world leaders in neutrino studies. Their early research project, conducted at a neutrino physics laboratory in Kamioka, Gifu Prefecture, was named KamiokaNDE for Kamioka Nucleon Decay Experiment.

In this book, Nobel laureate Takaaki Kajita and other frontline researchers discuss the research conducted at the Kamioka Observatory that led to the awarding of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass.” They explain how they designed and carried out experiments involving neutrinos from a supernova burst, solar neutrinos, atmospheric neutrinos, and neutrino oscillation, with details on how they built and used the KamiokaNDE and subsequent detectors.

Besides expanding their knowledge of physics, readers get to experience the passion of the scientists as they pursue answers to the mysteries of the universe.