University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Dr. Caden studies neutrinos, fundamental particles that are the smallest bit of almost nothing while still being something. Neutrinos have many interesting properties that make them different than the rest of the Standard Model. Together with her research group, the main research goal is to study neutrinoless double beta decay, a theorized nuclear process that could help answer some of the questions we still have about neutrinos.
One might think that after studying a category of particles for almost a century, physicists would know a thing or two about neutrinos. After all, neutrino research has been the recipient of FOUR Nobel Prizes! One might then be shocked to learn that while we have learned much over that time, what we still don't know about neutrinos could fill, well, at least a lecture. I will review the history of neutrino discoveries, what makes them so darn difficult to study, and what we are still trying to learn about them. I will focus what makes neutrinos different than all the other particles we know of, reviewing recent results and the knowledge gains that will be made by upcoming experiments.