College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000



College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000
Textbook Problem

Integrated Concepts

In supernovas, neutrinos are produced in huge amounts. They were detected from the 1987A supernova in the Magellanic Cloud, which is about 120,000 light years away from the Earth (relatively close to our Milky Way galaxy). If neutrinos have a mass, they cannot travel at the speed of light, but it their mass is small, they can get close. (a) Suppose a neutrino with a mass has a kinetic energy of 700 keV. Find the relativistic quantity for it (b) If the neutrino leaves the 1987A supernova at the same time as a photon and both travel to Earth, how much sooner does the photon arrive? This is not a large time difference, given that it is impossible to know which neutrino left with which photon and the peer ef?ciency of the neutrino detectors. Thus, the fact that neutrinos were observed within hours of the brightening of the supernova only places an upper limit on the neutrino’s mass. (Hint: You may need to use a series expansion to find if for the neutrino, since its (is so large.)

To determine


The relativistic quantity of 7 eV/c2 neutrinos produced in supernovas.



Kinetic energy of 7 eV/c2 neutrinos is given by 700 keV.

Formula used:

Total energy of any relativistic particle, E=γE0=KE+E0

Where, γ relativistic quantity

  E0 rest energy of the particle

  KE kinetic energy of the particle


Since total energy, E=γE0=KE+E0

To determine


The difference in time of travel to earth for photon and neutrino if both are leaving the

supernova at the same time.

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