T2K makes the Top Ten !

January 18, 2012

Physics World, the magazine of the Institute of Physics in the U.K., has included one of T2K’s results in its top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2011. T2K was included for finding the first indications for oscillations from muon neutrinos to electron neutrinos as described here. Six electron-neutrino events were seen in Super Kamiokande (T2K’s far detector), whereas only 1.5 would have been expected if there were no such oscillations. This result is an indication that muon neutrinos may oscillate to electrons neutrinos, but is not yet conclusive. T2K will attempt to confirm that these oscillations do occur by taking more data during 2012.