Big science in small town Japan
News On Japan via guardian.co.uk -- Apr 22
Hundreds of particle physicists are descending once more on the sleepy village of Tokai-mura in Eastern Japan. Over the next week we will discuss the present and future of an experiment that many have devoted several years of their lives to. An experiment that will forge a path into a new era of understanding the creation of our Universe.
The ND280 detector The ND280 detector, part of T2K.
The Tokai to Kamioka experiment (T2K for short) restarted last month, a year after the massive eastern Japanese earthquake shut it down after just months of operation. The experiment is once again firing an intense beam of neutrino particles 295km through the crust of the Earth from Tokai-mura to the Japanese alps in the West. In looking at the particles at the start of their journey and again at their final destination we are looking for neutrinos changing their sense of exactly what they are.
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