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Juan José Hernández Rey (Instituto de Física Corpuscular)

Neutrino Telescopes in Antarctica and the Mediterranean Sea

Life and Matter Sciences Conferencia online desde la Fundación Ramón Areces Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 19:00 hours ONLINE

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ONLINE

In cooperation with:

Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales y el Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC)

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Neutrinos, due to their weak interaction with ordinary matter, can bring information about very high energy phenomena taking place in very distant and dense astrophysical objects, inaccessible to other cosmic messengers such as light, gamma rays or cosmic rays. Neutrinos could help us solve, among others, a century-old problem: where and how are accelerated the elementary particles that reach the Earth with energies much higher than those achieved in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN? At present, several detectors of more than a gigaton of mass and a kilometre cube of volume that use the Antarctic ice or the deep waters in the Mediterranean Sea to detect neutrinos are in operation or in construction. The first observed cosmic neutrinos are starting to unveil some secrets of the most violent phenomena in the Universe.

Tuesday, 23 February

19:00 h.

Conference online 

Neutrino Telescopes in Antarctica and the Mediterranean Sea

Juan José Hernández Rey
Profesor de Investigación del Instituto de Física Corpuscular IFIC (CSIC-Universidad de Valencia).

 

  Juan José Hernández Rey

Juan José Hernández Rey is CSIC Research Professor at the Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC), joint centre of CSIC and the University of Valencia. He completed his studies in Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and began his research career at the former Junta de Energía Nuclear, where he did his PhD thesis on experiments of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), where he later worked as Fellow and Scientific Associate. He has carried out experiments in several particle accelerators at CERN and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FermiLab, USA). During recent years he has worked in the search for very high energy cosmic neutrinos. He was Deputy Spokesman of the ANTARES Collaboration that built the first undersea neutrino telescope and he is a member of the KM3NeT Collaboration that is deploying two large-volume neutrino detectors in the Mediterranean seabed. He was IFIC's director from 2015 to 2019, is at present member of the Scientific Council of CNRS, the French National Research Centre and of the Particle Data Group, the international team that analyses and compiles the properties of elementary particles.  

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