The Spitz group at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) studies experimental particle and astroparticle physics. The group is involved in carefully measuring the properties of the neutrino, one of nature’s fundamental particles, and in trying to understand the role of the “little neutral one” in the evolution of the Universe. Specifically, the Spitz group seeks to address crucial questions such as

  1. (1)Are matter neutrinos different than antimatter neutrinos?

  2. (2)How many neutrinos are there?

  3. (3)What is the nature of the neutrino-matter interaction?

  4. (4)How does the neutrino acquire mass?

Detecting and characterizing neutrinos is famously quite difficult. As such, the group is actively involved in neutrino detection technology development and implementation towards the eventual goal of fully understanding the neutrino and its past and present role in the Universe.

A picture of a neutrino event, as seen by the MicroBooNE experiment at Fermilab