UTA helping with $1 billion project to study ghostly particles
ARLINGTON -- They’re ghostly particles created in the fusion reactions in the sun’s core and elsewhere in the cosmos, and they bombard Earth constantly, trillions of them every second, harmlessly passing through our bodies and everything around us.
Now some scientists think subatomic neutrinos could help solve an elementary problem of quantum physics: Why, when the universe was created, did matter win out over antimatter, when in theory they should have canceled each other out and left the universe empty?
About 150 physicists from around the world gathered last month at the University of Texas at Arlington to discuss plans for an estimated $1 billion project to investigate neutrinos. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, would be the first major high-energy physics experiment on U.S. soil since the superconducting super collider project near Waxahachie was canceled in 1993.
DUNE holds such promise for groundbreaking discovery that scientists from CERN, the European Agency for Nuclear Research, are participating — the first time they’ve been part of a project outside Europe, said Christopher Mossey, project director for the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Organizers hope to attract the interest of as many research institutions and governments as possible to ensure long-term funding. About 800 scientists from 150 institutions in 27 countries are already part of the effort.