Leading Scientist on Campus
Special Guest, Dr. Aksel Hallin, Spoke in Chapel November 21
A leading Canadian scientist, Dr. Aksel Hallin, was the featured Chapel speaker at Taylor Seminary on Tuesday November 21, 2017. Professor Aksel Hallin discussed his ground-breaking research into the nature of neutrinos and dark matter; he also offered some reflections on the relationship between his scientific research and his Christian faith.
The Weight of the Invisible:
Dr. Hallin left the audience slightly dazzled with a fascinating look into his work at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, which measures the number and energy of neutrinos from the sun. About 3% of the energy of the sun is in the form of neutrinos- elementary particles that are incredibly penetrating. Working in a 2 km deep underground laboratory, using a site connected to a nickel mine, Dr. Hallin was part of the team whose experiments demonstrated that neutrinos change character between their creation in the core of the sun and their detection on earth- a discovery which proved that neutrinos have non-zero mass and there is physics that causes them to change.
Dr. Aksel Hallin is Professor and Canada Research Chair for Astroparticle Physics at the University of Alberta. Previously Professor Hallin taught at Queen's University where he participated in research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, for which Art McDonald won the Nobel Prize in 2015. He started at UBC as an undergraduate and went to Princeton as a graduate student in Nuclear Physics, then spent two years at Los Alamos for his post-doc.
Dr. Hallin returned to Alberta in 2007 to assume his duties at the U of A (he grew up in Medicine Hat); he is a member of Greenfield Community Church in south Edmonton.
Sudbury’s Nobel Prize-Winning Project Explained (Sudbury Star article, 2016)
Nobel Physics and Chemistry Laureates’ research has Princeton roots (Princeton website, 2015)
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory wins 2016 Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics (Globe and Mail article, 2015)
2015 Nobel Prize in Physics: Canadian Arthur B. McDonald shares win with Japan's Takaaki Kajita (CBC News Posted: Oct 06, 2015)