Japanese Nobel Laureate interacts with Amity students

ANI | Updated: Jan 30, 2018 17:41 IST

Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan.30 (ANI): Japanese Nobel Laureate Dr. Takaaki Kajita on Tuesday delivered a lecture on "Discovery of Neutrino Oscillations" to students and faculty of Amity University here.

Dr. Kajita is a physicist known for neutrino experiments on Kamiokande and its successor, Super-Kamiokande. In 2015, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Canadian physicist Arthur B. McDonald.

Welcoming the distinguished guest, Dr. W Selvamurthy, President of the Amity Science Technology and Innovation Foundation stressed that the visit is coming at a very opportune time when India and Japan are strengthening their partnerships in various areas such as infrastructural development, science and technology, and critical defense.

He shared that Amity is looking forward to opening an Amity International School and an Amity University in Japan. He called upon the students to take inspiration from the Nobel Laureate and aspire for a Nobel Prize for India.

Dr. Kajita outlined how he had discovered Neutrino Oscillations, Atmospheric Neutrino Deficit and the importance of small Neutrino Mass. Talking about his work which brought him the Nobel Prize, he outlined that Neutrinos are fundamental particles like electrons, which are produced during cosmic interactions in the atmosphere.

He stressed that in April 1996, Super Kamiokande Neutrino Detector- Neutrino observatory was constructed underground in the Mozumi Mine in Hida's Kamioka area to study Neutrino oscillations.

He highlighted that he along with other members of the Super-Kamiokande Group further researched on the entire phenomena with the help of Super-Kamiokande detector which finally led to the discovery of Neutrino Oscillations in 1998 and concluded that Neutrinos have mass, which is not zero. This discovery refuted the existing conventional theories of physicists about Neutrons.

He shared that right from high school, he had an interest in physics and always found it interesting and fascinating. He stressed that he was always inclined towards experimental physics and decided to become a scientist eventually.

He highlighted that during the Big Bang in the Universe, particles and anti-particles were generated, but in the present day universe, only matter particles are observed.

This mystery, he stressed, motivated him to study particle physics and .undertake his award winning research.

He motivated the students to keep doing research in newer areas and explore ways to better the existing research.

He will be conferred an honorary doctorate degree by Amity University tomorrow. (ANI)