MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL--Physicists are preparing to go underground to solve one of nature's most baffling mysteries: whether the elusive subatomic particles known as neutrinos have mass. In search of a definitive answer, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Chicago will send a beam of neutrinos underground to a University of Minnesota-run detection facility in Soudan Underground Mine State Park in northern Minnesota. Physicists will look for evidence that neutrinos leaving Fermilab change their character, or "flavor," before arriving at the mine a fraction of a second later; such a change would prove that neutrinos have mass.
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