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Euan Richard

Particle physicist, The Institute for Cosmic Ray Research in Tokyo Japan

Euan Richard is a scientist working for the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research in Chiba, Japan, in the field of neutrino physics. He received a master's degree from King's College London in 2011, and a PhD from the University of Tokyo in 2015. Most of his time is spent underground, in the Super-Kamiokande detector underneath the mountains of Gifu, or playing guitar in the basement jazz bars of Tokyo.

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Faster than Light

BY EUAN RICHARD
@ VOL 128 ON SEP 30, 2015

"Although neutrinos are the smallest particle...they may be the reason the universe exists at all."

In 'Faster than Light" From Tokyo Vol. 128, Particle physicist Euan Richard works at Super-Kamiokande, a particle detector about a kilometre underground in the Gifu Mountains in Japan, studying for the mysterious sub atomic particle, the Neutrino. The Neutrino is fundamental particle meaning it can't be divided into anything anything smaller and exists everywhere in the universe, including a trillion in our own bodies. Very little is know about the particle, but it has been suspected that it has the power to turn anti-matter into matter, preventing the universe from collapsing on itself, thus its properties challenge and inform our current understanding of the universe. In an attempt to continue updating our understanding of the ever expansive universe, Euan and his team push the envelope of science, focused on one of its smallest components.

This was "Presenatiosn of the Day" on Friday October 9th, 2015. 

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PAST VOL 128

Tokyo @ SuperDeluxe
Sep 30, 2015