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Minerva Experiment Demonstrates Neutrino Communication

The Minerva Experiment at Fermilab successfully transmitted a message coded in neutrinos. In a paper submitted to the archive (arXiv:1203.2847[hep-ex]), the collaboration describes their test, in which the word "neutrino" was encoded in the pattern of neutrino pulses sent from Fermilab's NUMI beam line and reconstructed from the pattern of neutrino interaction observed in the Minerva detector, located 1 km away. They found a data transmission rate of 0.1 bits/second and an error rate of 1%.

      The Minierva message is the first successful attempt at neutrino communications, demonstrating the possibility of neutrino communications as proposed by Center for Neutrino Physics member Patrick Huber. In a 2010 paper published in Physics Letters B (Phys.Lett.B692, 268), Prof. Huber outlined a method for communicating with submerged submarines using high energy neutrino beams. The Minerva result brings the realization of this technology one step closer.

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