General Meeting: September 2021

General Meeting Agenda: (in-person TICKETED event). No Ticket, No Entry.

  • Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole -- A/Prof. Gary Hill
  • RS Ophiuchi Outburst Report -- David Benn
  • The Sky this Month: Highlights -- Joe Grida
  • ASSA Astrophotography Awards -- Winning Entries
  • Announcements for September 2021
  • Coffee/Tea, Supper & Conversation (TBC)

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Exploring the Universe with High Energy Neutrinos detected at the South Pole

by A/Prof. Gary Hill, Department of Physics, University of Adelaide

Summary: The IceCube Neutrino Observatory was constructed at the South Pole over seven summer seasons from 2004/5 to 2010/11. Consisting of over 5,000 basketball-sized optical sensors instrumenting a cubic kilometre of the deep Antarctic ice, the observatory has detected thousands of high energy neutrinos from beyond the Earth, and identified a type of black hole powered active galaxy (a blazar) as the source of some of these events. In this talk we will discuss the history of neutrino astronomy, the construction of IceCube, and how the observatory is being used to learn much about our Universe, from the nature of the most powerful galaxies, right down to the fundamental properties of elementary particles.

Bio: Gary Hill completed his PhD in high energy neutrino astronomy in 1996 at the University of Adelaide, and then spent the next year at the South Pole as part of the team constructing and operating the original AMANDA neutrino detector. He then worked for 14 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, analysing data from AMANDA and planning and building IceCube, including another 10 summer trips to the South Pole. He returned to the University of Adelaide in late 2011, spending his first official day on the job at the South Pole during his 12th visit. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Adelaide, continuing IceCube research in high energy neutrinos, and more recently has joined the team constructing a dark matter detector, SABRE, to be installed deep in the Stawell mine in Victoria.

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Wednesday 01 Sep 2021

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online



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