crisscrossing Science Episode 33: Neutrinos, Tiny Terrors from the Sun
In this episode, Chris Gaiser (professor of biology at Linfield College) and Mike Crosser (professor of physics at Linfield College) discuss the solar neutrino problem. The sun produces a lot of subatomic particles called neutrinos. In fact, there are roughly 1016 neutrinos passing through the human body every second. However, these particles are difficult to measure, and for many years researchers were finding only a third of the expected number coming from the sun. If true, that would have meant that our understanding of the sun was completely wrong. The final answer was both surprising and revolutionary.
29 minutes 41 seconds
Elementary Particles and Fields and String Theory | Physics | The Sun and the Solar System
Crosser, Michael S. and Gaiser, J. Christopher, "crisscrossing Science Episode 33: Neutrinos, Tiny Terrors from the Sun" (2017). crisscrossing Science. Audio File. Submission 33.