Computer Science Department

Computer Science and Physics Colloquium

The Highest Energy Particles from Space

Angelina Olinto
University of Chicago

Monday November 11, 2002
11:00 a.m.
Room 1302 WWH
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185

Host: Davi Geiger,, 212-998-3235
Colloquium Information:


Extreme processes in the universe accelerate subatomic particles to macroscopic energies reaching up to 50 Joules. The existence of such high energy particles at the observed flux levels has surpassed every prediction. The mystery surrounding these highest energy particles has generated a large experimental and theoretical effort that should unveil this mystery in the next few years. These extremely high energy accelerators not only pose a interesting challenge to astrophysicists but they also provide a laboratory to test physics at energies well beyond those reachable with future terrestrial accelerators.