Fleming collaborates in the composition of MicroBooNE music

image of the composer and his work
January 22, 2021

Wright Lab’s professor of physics Bonnie Fleming has collaborated in the composition of a new piece of music called “MicroBooNE” by David Ibbett, the first composer-in-residence at Fermilab, through a series of discussions with the composer about the science of the Micro Booster Neutrino Experiment (MicroBooNE), which is the inspiration for the piece.

“MicroBooNE” premiered on December 8 at an online evening of talks and performances hosted by the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series.  During the event, Ibbet discussed “his inspirations and techniques for translating neutrino science into sound through a variety of sonification methods” and Fleming explained the science behind the composition.  The recording of the event, called “Neutrino music: a composer’s journey,” and the piece itself can both be found on the composer’s website and on YouTube.

Fleming said, “It’s been a pleasure talking to David over the last months about the science of MicroBooNE as he has worked to compose the piece, and to participate (on the science side) with him in the webinar”.  

MicroBooNE is a short baseline accelerator neutrino oscillation experiment at Fermilab designed to investigate the source of the low energy excess observed by the MiniBooNE experiment, perform a unique set of low energy neutrino cross section measurements, and conduct research and development towards development of massive liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) detectors. The Fleming group’s roles in the experiment include fabrication and assembly of the LArTPC  and data acquisition systems, development of the analysis techniques and tools necessary to analyze the data, and oversight of the collaboration.
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