From D.O.E. Pulse: “First message transmitted via neutrinos”

Kurt Riesselmann

April 9, 2012

“Scientists have for decades contemplated communicating via neutrinos when other methods won’t do. For the first time, physicists and engineers have successfully transmitted a message through 240 meters of rock using the ghost-like particles.

‘It’s beginning to look more feasible,’ said Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University, who had proposed the recent neutrino communication test. He collaborated with scientists of the MINERvA collaboration at DOE’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, who use a 170-ton particle detector and a powerful, pulsed accelerator beam to produce neutrinos and measure their interactions with matter.  Based on Stancil’s proposal, scientists were able to manipulate the pulsed beam and turn it for a couple of hours into a neutrino telegraph. ‘It’s impressive that the accelerator is flexible enough to do this,’ said Fermilab physicist Debbie Harris, co-spokesperson of the MINERvA experiment.

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The MINERvA detector

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