These projects and programs were funded by grants. They are making a difference in the lives of our students, our community, and the overall Otterbein experience.
The Neutrino Group at Otterbein University
October 14, 2014
The Neutrino Group at Otterbein University was granted $130,000 over 3 years by the National Science Foundation to study the neutrino particle with specially-built detectors at Fermi National Accelerator Lab, near Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Nathaniel Tagg has worked with two students each summer, taking them to the national laboratory to participate in these experiments as part of multinational scientific collaborations.
Experiments Dr. Tagg participates in, such as MINERvA and MicroBooNE, are studying how neutrinos interact with nuclei inside the detectors. Neutrino collisions are extremely rare, requiring neutrino beams carrying very large numbers of particles to see only a handful of interactions. Students from Otterbein have been helping to understand and analyze the data from these experiments, using software and tools built in part by Dr. Tagg and members of the Neutrino Group.
Peter Watkins (left) and Philip Kellogg (right) inspecting the MicroBooNE detector cryostat in summer 2014.
The inside of the MicroBooNE detector. Fine wires are used to read out tiny signals when immersed in liquid argon.