The Neutrino from 2013
It was the middle of May in 2013 when scientists in Antarctica first detected what seemed to be cosmic neutrino, according to the 2013 news release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The visual of what was detected can be seen here in this short clip.
The discussion at the time focused on the fact that the neutrinos detected were not from the Earth’s atmosphere but might have origins in space. But at the time, it was too early to say where the neutrinos originated.
However, recent news from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have gathered some new new evidence. The new evidence is said to be supportive of the 2013 impressions that the neutrino discovered in Antarctica have cosmic origins.
The findings of the study of the evidence can be found in its published form in the journal Physical Review Letters. All the information was gathered by the Ice Cube Observatory.
The detection of the neutrino both has been and still is something of a miracle because they are exceedingly difficult to detect. Even when detected, there are a variety of neutrinos to sort through, making the search for a specific kind of neutrino a very meticulous and unforgiving endeavor.
WHY THE FINDING IS IMPORTANT
This is significant because of what the neutrino can tell us about the universe by analyzing the time it took to travel to Earth. Ice Cube helped further this enterprise by detecting the rare neutrino collision that signifies the existence and activity of those elusive neutrinos.
The detection method is paving new roads for particle physics as we know it. However there is much more to be learned about the neutrino detected by Ice Cube Observatory.
Some neutrinos are estimated to have been generated outside the Milky Way galaxy. In fact, thus far, the registered origins of these neutrinos have been exceedingly random. Yet, nevertheless, this doesn’t dampen the fact that scientists have discovered and confirmed the presence of cosmic neutrinos from outside our galaxy. And that’s a good thing.
Only more research can tell us what we will find next about the discovery. So follow the Ice Cube Observatory for more updates in the future.