Scientists have encountered many mysteries in the search to find and understand elementary particles, the most basic units of matter.
Some elementary particles, such as the electron, are relatively well understood, while others, such as the elusive neutrino, present the physics community with many unanswered questions. Furthering our understanding of neutrinos and their properties could provide tremendous insight into the fundamental makeup of our universe.
Researchers working at the frontiers of physics are making advances in neutrino research—both fundamental and applied—at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using a unique combination of capabilities and expertise, Lawrence Livermore researchers, in collaboration with other labs and universities around the world, are studying neutrinos and using their findings to refine our understanding of the universe and support the Laboratory’s national security and fundamental science missions.
Researchers are moving closer to the day when they can deploy technology to remotely monitor antineutrinos from nuclear power plants at long distances.
PROSPECT is a unique neutrino–antineutrino detection project aimed at investigating fundamental particle physics and improving detection sensitivity for nuclear fission reactions.
Elusive antineutrinos can help monitor nuclear power plants and other activity.