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Event: [Sep 20, 2016] CAS Monthly meeting (Christchurch, Canterbury)

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CAS Monthly meeting
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Room 275 Biology Building, University of Canterbury
Biology, Ilam, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 07:30 PM
(ends Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 09:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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  1. CAS Admin

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    September's Monthly Meeting will be a talk by Jenni Adams

    Neutrino window on the Universe
    An introduction to neutrino astrophysics - how we use neutrinos as cosmic messengers and what we would like to learn.

    The CAS monthly meeting is held at 7:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December and January), in room 275 of the Biology building of the University of Canterbury School of Biological Sciences. Any member of the public who is considering joining the Society or who has an interest in the subject being discussed is welcome to attend the meeting.

    Meetings will begin at 8:00 p.m. sharp. The meeting will be preceded by a tea-and-biscuits session from 7:30pm.
    We hope that this change will help keep the meetings short, while still allow time to chat.
     
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    A neutrino is an "almost nothing" particle. It has an almost negligible mass and no electric charge, but it is one of the fundamental particles that make up the Universe - 100,000,000,000 neutrinos from the sun will pass through your finger nail every second.

    University of Canterbury physicist Jenni Adams is part of an international research collaboration that relies on a large neutrino detector: the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica.

    When it comes to astronomy, there are certain places where it's easier to view the night sky. Antarctica is one of the best observation points for astronomers whose research seeks to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Antarctica is the last great frontier for ground-based astronomy. The high Antarctic plateau contains some of the best observing sites on earth for optical, infrared, terahertz and sub-millimetre astronomy. Astronomical observations from the giant IceCube and other observatories in Antarctica is revealing echoes of the Big Bang and provides clues about the future of our planet.

    IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, constructed by drilling 86 holes in the ice and inserting 5,160 detectors that cover one cubic kilometre, starting 1.5km below the surface.

    About Jenni Adams, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Canterbury, NZ:
    Jenni Adams is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her research interests are in astroparticle physics, the interface between astrophysics and particle physics where the goal is to learn about high energy astrophysics using our knowledge of particle physics and to learn about the fundamental constituents of matter using the Universe as our laboratory. Prior to joining University of Canterbury in 1998, she was a Post Doctoral Fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden. She earned a BSc Hons from the University of Canterbury and DPhil in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University, where she was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study in 1992.
     
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    Hi team - was all set to come see you tonight, but gonna go aurora hunting instead - activity looking 'variable' but you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Have fun!
     
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    Better excuse than me, I've opened a Merlot.
     

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