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2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".
In celebration, our editors have drawn together this Collection of content from Nature, Nature Physics and Nature Communications. Some items are linked directly to the prize-winning discovery, others paint in interesting details of the neutrino story — which begins with Wolfgang Pauli’s postulation in the 1930s and continues today in a variety of imaginative experiments around the world.
Whether neutrinos originate in an accelerator, in a reactor, in the Earth itself, in the atmosphere, in the Sun or in a distant supernova; whether they are detected in deep mines, beneath mountains or in the Antarctic ice — their physics is undeniably varied, and fascinating. We hope you will enjoy this Collection.
News and Comment: includes accounts of the discovery of neutrino oscillations, and other milestones in neutrino physics, by previous Nobel laureates such as Frederick Reines, Frank Wilczek and Sheldon Glashow
Reviews and Research: includes some recent research in neutrino physics; a review of neutrino oscillation studies using reactors; reviews by neutrino pioneers Raymond Davis and John Bahcall; and a review of the history of 'the 17-keV neutrino'.