Neutrinos are unique: almost massless, barely interacting, and capable of preserving quantum coherence over macroscopic distances. This unique mix of properties proves to be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it makes neutrinos an extraordinary tool, allowing us to probe new regions and physical regimes that remain invisible using conventional astronomy. On the other hand, these same properties make it extremely challenging to detect them and interpret the physics contained in them. In spite of these challenges, the dream of neutrino astronomy hasn't remained impossible. In this talk, I will recount this incredible adventure and the excitement that lies ahead.
About The Speaker:
Basudeb Dasgupta is a professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. He studies stars, the early universe, and particle physics. He obtained his Ph.D. from TIFR in 2009, and after working abroad for a few years, joined TIFR as a faculty member in 2014. He is a globally renowned physicist, and, among his several honors, was awarded the prestigious ICTP Prize in 2019.