Home Science Energy Pioneering event: Scientists communicate with neutrinos

For the first time, scientists have accomplished the following feat: to send a message through a structure with the use of a beam of neutrinos. Specifically, they sent the message 'Neutrino' through 240 meters (780 feet) of stone. Such a pioneering effort could someday change the way we communicate.

The American scientists performing this experiment - the first to have been successfully accomplished -- are associated with the University of Rochester (New York state) and North Carolina State University (in Raleigh).

They conducted their work at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, outside of Chicago, Illinois.

Neutrinos are electrically neutral, weakly interacting elementary subatomic particles. They are nearly massless particles that travel very close to the speed of light.

Scientists know they have a tiny amount of mass, only they have not yet been able to measure this mass accurately. Neutrinos only interact with matter through the gravitational force and the weak force.

Dr. Daniel Stancil, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University (and head of the department), is quoted within the press release 'Researchers Send "Wireless" Message Using Elusive Particles' from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Stancil, the lead author of the study, states, "Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables. Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today's systems, but may have important strategic uses."

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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University