Nominations are sought for the 2019 Sambamurti Memorial Lecture at Brookhaven
National Laboratory. This is a prize lectureship established in memory of
a young high energy experimentalist working on rare kaon decays at the
BNL AGS, who died in 1992. It is to be awarded yearly to a young (under 40)
high energy or heavy ion experimentalist of outstanding achievement. The
lecture, which should describe the work for which the lecturer is being honored,
is to be delivered to students working at BNL during the summer. The 2019
prize is $500. Please send nominations to John Haggerty, Physics 510A,
BNL, Upton, NY 11973, or email@example.com.
Neutrinos have been the most consistently surprising particle of the last few decades. The onset of high-precision experiments has lead to the discovery of neutrino oscillations, possible evidence for beyond the Standard Model sterile neutrinos, and the beginnings of neutrino-based geophysics. Recent measurements of antineutrinos from nuclear reactors have observed flux and spectral discrepancies compared to leading theoretical models. Experiments like Daya Bay and PROSPECT are able to observe the small differences of neutrino emission from different mixtures of nuclear fuel, which may illuminate the origin of this disagreement. These neutrino finger-prints can also be used to investigate the mixture of fuel inside an operating reactor, rekindling interest in neutrino-based reactor monitoring. I will present recent advances which have demonstrated how small-scale experiments utilizing new technologies can advance both fundamental and applied science.