Life on earth exists because the Sun shines. How long it has shone this way, what is the energy source that sustains this, and how it has helped us understand the nature and interactions of the extraordinarily elusive particles called neutrinos, form the basis for this general lecture.
The speaker will end with some open questions in the field of particle physics and neutrinos.
The talk should be accessible to students who have studied physics in Class 12.
About the Speaker
D Indumathi started her PhD in experimental nuclear physics at TIFR before moving to IMSc and completing her thesis in particle physics phenomenology. She has worked on strong and weak interaction phenomenology, on a variety of topics ranging from the structure of the proton (and other hadrons) to the nature of neutrinos. She is also interested in some formal aspects of quantum field theory.
D Indumathi is very keen on science popularisation and is the editor of a bi-monthly English children’s science magazine called Jantar Mantar, brought out by the Tamil Nadu Science Forum (along with its sister publications in Tamil).