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Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:12 AM

A First! Neutrino Message Sent Through Ground

I like to post information about what is happening at Fermi Lab. First of all, I think it is great that we have this facility in Illinois. Second, my son works there. My future son-in-law does some of his work there, too.

The article:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46748654/ns/technology_and_science-science/

For the first time, scientists have used neutrinos -- the exotic fundamental particles that routinely pass right through the earth -- to send a message through the ground.

Researchers have long been intrigued by the communication possibilities of neutrinos, because these particles can easily travel through matter, including a planet, without stopping, slowing down, or being misdirected.

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The researchers used the NuMi particle accelerator at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, to create beams of neutrinos, which result when speeding protons collide into a wall of carbon atoms. (NuMi stands for "Neutrinos at the Main Injector.")

The scientists then sent this beam toward a neutrino detector about 1 kilometer away, buried in a cavern.


This is interesting, because it provides a possible method to communicate where normal methods don't work. It could be used to communicate with submarines. It could be used as a backup if a catastrophe or natural disaster destroyed existing communication infrastructure.

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opihimoimoi Mar 2012 #1
Lawlbringer Mar 2012 #2
murielm99 Mar 2012 #3
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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 03:20 AM

1. Awesome Work.....Who woulda thought of it...damn, the Human mind.....

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 08:43 AM

2. If they can't be stopped or misdirected

Does the message continue out into the universe for all eternity like a radio wave? Can they be intercepted?

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Response to Lawlbringer (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 01:32 PM

3. I don't know,

but it sounds like that is what happens.

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Response to Lawlbringer (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 02:04 PM

4. They can be stopped and they can

interact with other things of matter. It is a rare occurrence, but it can happen.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 09:10 PM

5. Next up: Remote control submarine armed drones. n/t

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