Abigail Vieregg’s research team leads the development of new instruments that aim to discover the highest energy neutrinos in the universe. Radio detectors that search for ultra-high energy neutrinos are currently operating at various sites, including at the South Pole and in Greenland. Dr. Vieregg's research team will develop a new data acquisition system designed to enable the scaling up of radio detectors for ultra-high energy astrophysical and cosmogenic neutrinos that will be required for next-generation experiments. The new system will be suitable for a variety of applications in remote field and space environments, where there are severe access, power, and environmental constraints. The research team aims to test their new system in situ in two locations: the BEACON site, which at White Mountain Research Station in California, and the RNO-G site, which is at Summit Station in Greenland.
Each time you find a new way of looking at the universe, you learn new things, and discovering the highest energy astrophysical and cosmogenic neutrinos will open a new window onto the universe. Ultra-high energy neutrinos play an important role in the growing field of multi-messenger astrophysics; by combining information from several messengers (neutrinos, photons, gravitational waves, and cosmic rays), we can build a more complete picture of the dynamic high-energy universe.
Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative
University of Chicago, Department of Physics