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  1. #1 Hypothesizing the future: High energy physics 1 
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    In a series of provocative thinking I'll post a subject which is interesting and most importantly unsolved. Now High energy physics.

    For a while, let's get back into space. This is where we find our largest source of neutrino's. And as you all know, they are not exactly massive particles. However, a more curious observation is, that neutrino's seem to oscillate.

    With eachother

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    This is where the Standard model breaks down. And that is very interesting. Many problems, and solutions have been thought of, yet the mass term problem still occurs and makes things more difficult. Why on earth are they so light? Would be the correct question.
    But what is in it for us? Let's make things simple, without delving into the basics of Quantum-Field-Theory. Instead lets ask ourselves:
    "Why would I not be able to observe these massive (right-handed) neutrino's?"

    Maybe there is some simple physics mechanism that was overlooked?
    In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
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    "Why would I not be able to observe these massive (right-handed) neutrino's?"
    How massive would we be talking about ? Is it within range of current accelerators ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    How massive would we be talking about ? Is it within range of current accelerators ?
    Massive as in yes, energy wise it should have occured in most accelerators for decades already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerling View Post
    In a series of provocative thinking I'll post a subject which is interesting and most importantly unsolved. Now High energy physics.

    For a while, let's get back into space. This is where we find our largest source of neutrino's. And as you all know, they are not exactly massive particles. However, a more curious observation is, that neutrino's seem to oscillate.

    With eachother

    Neutrino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Neutrino oscillation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This is where the Standard model breaks down. And that is very interesting. Many problems, and solutions have been thought of, yet the mass term problem still occurs and makes things more difficult. Why on earth are they so light? Would be the correct question.
    But what is in it for us? Let's make things simple, without delving into the basics of Quantum-Field-Theory. Instead lets ask ourselves:
    "Why would I not be able to observe these massive (right-handed) neutrino's?"

    Maybe there is some simple physics mechanism that was overlooked?
    1. You can observe neutrinos, massive or otherwise, with an adequate detector.

    2. It is difficult to observe neutrinos because they do not interact with the electromagnetic force, and they are a bit too tiny to detect via gravity, so you are stuck with weak interactions. That makes them difficult, not impossible, to detect.
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