Measurements of Neutrino Mass

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Editors
Ferroni, F., Vissani, F., Brofferio, C.
Pub. date
September 2009
Pages
494
Binding
hardcover
Volume
170 of Proceedings of the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi"
ISBN print
978-1-60750-038-4
ISBN online
978-1-60750-450-4
Subject
Physics
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This volume offers a valuable insight into various aspects of the ongoing work directed at measuring neutrino mass.
It took twenty years to refute the assertions of Bethe and Peierls that neutrinos were not observable, but it has since been realised that much can be learnt from these particles. The moral is, as Fiorini argues here, that the study of neutrinos was and remains demanding but rewarding.
Subjects addressed in this volume include: clarifying the meaning of the Klapdor-Kleingrothaus results, probing the Majorana nature of neutrinos, observing lepton number violating effects for the first time, studying the end point of the spectrum in the search for neutrino masses and speculating whether it is possible to measure neutrino masses in cosmology. Lectures are enriched with rich historical overviews and valuable introductory material. Attention is also given to theoretical topics such as the evolution of the concept of mass in particle physics, a status report on neutrino oscillations and current discussion on neutrino masses.
The reader is further reminded that neutrino masses may also have some bearing on the very origin of the matter among us, and have many deep links with other important lines of current physics research.