The Standard Model of physics is the best description of the subatomic world that we know.
However, a crack in the model’s edifice appeared when it was discovered that neutrinos - elusive, morphing particles - have very small mass. This discovery offers a way to explore "new physics," and not just on the theoretical level.
In today's lesson, Ray Jayawardhana, an astrophysicist at the University of Toronto, explores the applications of this field of research. It is said that whenever anything cool happens in the universe, neutrinos are usually involved. A gigantic supernova explosion would qualify as a cool cosmic event. Neutrinos, which travel at nearly the speed of light, would bring this information to us.
Jayawardhana and other physicists are hoping to catch a glimpse of a supernova explosion in our galaxy. Nobody knows exactly when this might occur, but thanks to the development of massive neutrino detectors, we would have an "unprecedented peek at the action."