Neutrinos with energies ranging from meV to EeV pervade the universe, and play crucial roles in astrophysics and cosmology. Observations of astrophysical neutrinos over the last fifty years have also revolutionized our understanding of particle physics, with neutrino oscillations giving us the first confirmed evidence for particle physics beyond the Standard Model. In this talk, I shall summarize the journey of neutrinos so far, and describe how future observations of these elusive particles w ill enrich our knowledge of particle physics,astrophysics, and cosmology.
Biography of the speaker:
Professor Amol Dighe is a member of the faculty in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. He works in the area of high energy physics, and his recent research has focused on the nature of neutrinos and the role they play in astrophysics and cosmology. After receiving his B.Tech. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Professor Dighe had completed his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.. Later, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy), CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Max Planck Institute for Physics (Munich, Germany), before joining TIFR as a faculty member. He was one of the first Indian bronze medalists in the International Mathematics Olympiad. He has received the Institute Silver Medal at IIT Bomba y, and the Worldlab-CERN John Bell Scholarship. He has been elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy. He has won the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, and is the recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award.