Tabletop Particle Detector Could Lead To Coveted Neutrino Mass Measurement

April 21, 2015 7:41 PM

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Scientists developed a new tabletop particle detector that can identify single electrons in radioactive gas.

As this gas decays it emits electrons that can be trapped by a magnetic bottle, and a radio antenna can pick off signals given off by these captive electrons, MIT reported. This technique can allow researchers to map the electrons' precise activity over several milliseconds.

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