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Neutrinos Subject of Public Talk

Public Lecture Part of International Meeting at UC Riverside

“Neutrinos Get Under Your Skin” Title of Talk by Boris Kayser
Of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

(August 26, 2004)

Boris Kayser

Boris Kayser

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— Boris Kayser, a distinguished scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will give a free, public lecture about the abundant but elusive, and critically important subatomic particle, the neutrino. Titled “Neutrinos Get Under Your Skin,” Kayser’s talk is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27 at the Riverside Convention Center. There will be time for audience questions and discussion after the talk. Free brochures about particle physics will be available. For more details about the talk, contact the UC Riverside Physics Department at (951) 827-5331.

Kayser’s talk is in conjunction with the meeting of the American Physical Society, Division of Particles and Fields, which this year is at the University of California, Riverside Aug. 26 to Aug. 31. The talk and meeting are sponsored by the City of Riverside, the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Physical Society, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, UC Riverside, and World Scientific Publishers.

Understanding neutrinos, a billion times more abundant than the particles that make up the earth and we humans, is key to understanding the universe. Castoffs from the thermonuclear churnings of the Sun, neutrinos move ghostlike, almost invisibly, through matter, these particles are very hard to pin down and study. However, scientists have made recent, dramatic progress.

Kayser will introduce the neutrinos, explain what is known about their behavior, and describe recent discoveries about these subatomic particles that not only pass through us, and the earth, but change their nature as they traverse the universe, a process known as oscillation. Kayser will also explain the open questions about neutrinos, forthcoming attempts to answer these questions, and the role of neutrinos in shaping the universe and making human life possible.

A particle physics theorist, Kayser has been specifically interested in the physics of neutrinos and the asymmetry between matter and antimatter. Author of well over 100 scientific papers, he is also co-author of a popular 1989 book, Physics of Massive Neutrinos, and is an enthusiastic speaker on particle physics.

Kayser received his B.S. in Physics from Princeton in 1960, and a Ph.D. in particle physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1964. For nearly three decades, Kayser served as program director for theoretical physics at the National Science Foundation. He joined the staff of Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. in 2001.

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