Neutrino: Measuring the Unexpected

2014 ,    »  -   11 Comments
Ratings: 8.29/10 from 108 users.

They are the core mysteries which have enticed and confounded physicists throughout time. How has the sun managed to burn and illuminate for so many millions of years? Early on, our universe was made up of equal parts matter and antimatter, yet very little antimatter exists in our world today. Why? The answers could lie in the study of the neutrino, an elusive subatomic particle that passes through our bodies at the rate of trillions per second.

Unlike the electron, neutrinos are almost without mass, do not carry an electric charge, and only interact through gravity and nuclear decay. As they cannot be illuminated electronically, they are extremely difficult to detect. But these nearly imperceptible particles are essential to the function of our universe.

In the new documentary short Neutrino: Measuring the Unexpected, directed by Javier Diez, a trio of renowned physicists take us on a guided tour through a series of groundbreaking experiments. Each of these studies is designed to uncover the true nature of the neutrino, and to provide answers to some of the grandest and most challenging questions that remain about our universe.

One of these experiments is taking place at the South Pole, which is home to the largest neutrino detector on the planet. Called the IceCube, this detector lies 1.5 miles underneath the ice of the Antarctic, where it studies the events emanating from the sky with great detail and scrutiny. This ice is one of the Earth's clearest solids, and serves as an ideal environment in which to study the intricacies of light, and to capture and analyze the phantom neutrino.

Investigators are also devoting intense study to the neutrino at the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in Spain. Their enterprise, known as NEXT, seeks to explore the possibility that the neutrino acts as its own antiparticle, which could work towards providing an explanation as to why we are surrounded by so little antimatter in our universe.

The film delves into these pools of theory with great urgency and wonder. In the process, it manages to give us a better understanding of the endlessly curious figures who devote their entire lives to uncovering the previously unknowable, and discovering the unexpected.

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11 Comments / User Reviews

  1. dmxi

    i'm still 'neutral' regarding this theory !
    - member of the mis-neutropic theologians -

  2. disqus_Wf91wKMTsJ

    Would the producers of these documentaries cease and desist with the background noise? It's extremely distracting. It's not necessary. It's a great way of ruining something that could be interesting.

  3. Kansas Devil

    Interesting. I had no idea neutrinos had flavors.

  4. Brendan Reilly

    Neutrinos have mass

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  6. Jason Cline

    they wont remaster their documentary but now I get to watch it and will be forced to notice after seeing this comment. hurray

  7. galileo

    you really have no idea of what they are obvioslly the have mass every thing has mass anytime

  8. Einstein

    Photons are mass-less, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

  9. jack black

    4 different masses according to the doc

  10. David Harding

    photons energy is absorbed practically all the time. Neutrinos pass through almost everything, yet anything that is not nothing has to have some sort of energy value. So if neutrinos were anti mass slipping through the mostly empty space of atoms and positively avoiding contact with matter wouldn't this anti matter have concentrated at the central volume of the big bang [I know physicists deny or at least fudge over the concept of a central point to the big bang] but this would explain why the universe appears to be moving apart faster.

  11. nonya_biz

    i think the narrator is also a phone sex operator. interesting doc, wish it was more detailed and contained another episode that continues the chain.

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