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Is energy produced when neutrinos collide with another particle?

  1. Sep 18, 2011 #1
    I dont know anything about chemistry or physics, so this might be a stupid question. when neutrinos collide with lets say the nucleus of an atom, how much energy would be transfered from the neutrino?
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2011 #2

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    The neutrino gives up whatever kinetic energy it has. When a very high-energy neutrino hits a nucleus, the energy can produce many particles via quark-antiquark and lepton-antilepton pair production. This has been observed at e.g. Fermilab and CERN using beams of high-energy neutrinos, as far back as 40 years ago.
     
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