- Conference date: 30 Jul-3 Aug 2001
- Location: Berkeley. California (USA)
We are in the midst of an unprecedented revolution in experimental neutrino physics which of late has shown that neutrinos have nonzero rest masses and that they have a rich and utterly unexpected mixing pattern, quite different form that of the quarks. This new neutrino physics also may have heavy important for nuclear physics and astrophysics. This is because neutrinos and their interactions with nuclei and nucleons are instrumental in setting the conditions which determine the synthesis of the light elements in the early universe and possibly the heaviest elements in the late ejecta from the neutron stars left after core collapse supernova events. Additionally, neutrinos largely determine the energy content/transport of both the early universe and the imloding cores of supernovae. If the interpretation of the LSND experiment in terms of vacuum neutrino oscillations is correct, then the existence of light singlet neutrinos is required. This, in turn, would call into question our understanding of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis, supernovae, and the possibilities for Dark Matter.
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