Francis Halzen, Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center & Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 10:30am
IceCube detects more than 100,000 neutrinos per year in the GeV to 10 PeV energy range. Among those, we have isolated a flux of high-energy neutrinos of cosmic origin, with an energy density in the extreme universe similar to that of high-energy photons and cosmic rays. We identified their first source: on September 22, 2017, following an IceCube neutrino alert, observations by other astronomical telescopes pinpointed a flaring active galaxy, powered by a supermassive black hole, as the source of a cosmic neutrino with an energy of 290 TeV. We will review recent progress in measuring the cosmic neutrino spectrum and in identifying its origin.
Zoom link will be available via announcement email, or by contacting: ikolbe[at]uw.edu.