My Suitcase and Tuba in Hand

No, I didn’t bring my tuba on this trip, but I am homeward bound starting tomorrow. The next step is to write two or three book chapters for Back Roads, Dark Skies and begin the process of trying to find a publisher. I am also beginning to plan the second major trip to the Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona). The book is beginning to form a real shape in my mind, which I will share with you as it continues to develop, though I’ll limit the number of excerpts I publish here.

The Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) detector in Soudan. Behind this octagonal steel plate lies a series of plastic sheets. Note the scale of the experiment from the stairs at the right.

In the meantime, here’s a picture from deep in the Soudan mine in northern Minnesota, depicting the Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) detector. Neutrinos travel from Fermilab 734 kilometers away and enter the detector, allowing for measurement of neutrino oscillation. By comparing the number of mu neutrinos at the Fermilab detector to the number at the Soudan detector, MINOS can constrain mixing angles and the mass difference between neutrino flavors.

About these ads

Please Donate

DrMRFrancis on Twitter

  • How do cats know I just cleaned the carpet? First thing I see when I get up is cat barf on the living room rug. X-P 48 minutes ago
  • @AstroNomad The true answer seems to be: "I want to do ALL THE THINGS!" 49 minutes ago
  • I'm still a work in progress, that's irkingly obvious A gift and a curse; I currently work but I'm jobless 55 minutes ago
  • @arielwaldman Ha, thank you. Usually editors write headlines, but that one was my own work. :) 57 minutes ago
  • Hugo Weaving lives pretty well on a diet of scenery, doesn't he? 10 hours ago


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,583 other followers

%d bloggers like this: