UMD professor sees first long-distance neutrinos

By KBJR News 1

Credit: NOvA

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A University of Minnesota–Duluth professor is among a number of elite world scientists to see their first neutrinos.

UMD Physics professor, Alec Habig announced on Wednesday that he, along with a team of scientists identified the world's longest–distance neutrino, a neutral subatomic particle with a mass close to zero and half–integral spin, rarely reacting with normal matter.

The team's experiment explores the scientific properties of ghostly particles called neutrinos. Neutrinos are abundant in nature, but they very rarely interact with other matter. Studying them could yield crucial information about the early moments of the universe.

Habig is a member of the NOvA collaboration, a group of 208 scientists from 38 institutions in the United States, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Greece, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Habig is the convener of the 'exotics' analysis working group with the Ash River project. His group analyses the data to look for information that is out of the ordinary.

The NOvA experiment is scheduled to run for six years.

Written for the web by Jeremy Brickley