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Prof. John Wilkerson

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Office: 238 Phillips Hall
Tel: (919) 962-1384 (UNC)
      (919) 660-2958 (TUNL)
email: John Wilkerson

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of North Carolina
Phillips Hall, CB #3255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255

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Institute for Neutrino Science and Astrophysics

Experimental Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics @ UNC

Electroweak Interactions Group @ UW

Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory

University of Washington Center for Experimental Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (CENPA)

UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy

Why neutrinos matter

The recent discoveries in neutrino physics have revolutionized our understanding of neutrinos, while also bringing forth an intriguing set of intertwined questions concerning fundamental symmetries, the basic interactions of subatomic particles, and the role neutrinos play in the cosmos.

Research in the coming decade promises the opportunity to explore a series of outstanding questions:

  • Is lepton number, one of nature's most fundamental symmetries, conserved?
  • Are neutrinos their own antiparticle?
  • What are the absolute masses of neutrinos?
  • How have neutrinos shaped the evolution of the universe?
  • Might neutrinos explain the observed matter to antimatter asymmetry?
  • Research Opportunities in Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics

    Our Experimental Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics group is actively engaged in experiments that will probe neutrino properties. We have labs here at UNC, nearby at TUNL, as well as underground at the Kimballton mine in Virginia. We are involved in major international efforts to search for neutrinoess double beta-decay (MAJORANA) and directly measure the mass of the neutrino (KATRIN).

    Last update: Feb. 25, 2009