“Ettore Majorana and Bruno Pontecorvo: mysteries and neutrinos” – Public Conference by Etienne Klein

Under the patronage of the Mairie du 13ème arrondissement and the Université Paris-Diderot

Conference for the general public in the framework of “Des savoirs et des hommes” (Knowledge and people)

Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 7 p.m.

Etienne Klein (CEA Saclay)

Ettore Majorana and Bruno Pontecorvo were part of the team of young physicists that Enrico Fermi had formed in Rome in the 1930s, the Ragazzi di Via Panisperna. Coming from a prestigious Sicilian family, the first proposed a theory of elementary particles which, eighty years later, continues to fascinate and question physicists, notably about neutrinos. He mysteriously disappeared between Naples and Palermo in 1938, at the age of thirty-one, without ever being found. The second also made decisive discoveries about neutrinos; he proposed in particular the mechanism of oscillation of neutrinos which made it possible to solve experimental enigmas including that concerning neutrinos produced in the heart of the Sun. During his lifetime, his trajectory was temporally divided: a half-life in the West, a half-life in the East from 1950, in the middle of the Cold War. After her death on 22 September 1993, she remained equally divided, but this time spatially, in accordance with her will: half of her ashes are in Rome, the other half in Dubna, Russia.

The conference will take place at 19h, Le Totem : 11 place Nationale, 75013 Paris

Free admission

Registration (free) required at https://indico.in2p3.fr/event/17437/registrations/1839/