In November I had the honor of giving a plenary talk at SILAFAE (the Latin American Symposium on High Energy Physics), in Antigua, Guatemala — my first visit to Central America. I presented the opportunities offered by DUNE to a broad spectrum of scientists gathered there from across Latin America. Physicists from this part of the world already form an important part of the DUNE collaboration.
Guatemala, like many other countries in the region, is beautiful, but it faces many challenges; people there are hopeful that the development of research can bring long-term societal benefits.
The week following SILAFAE I gave a series of lectures on neutrinos at the Mexican School of Particles and Fields in the town of San Cristobal de las Cases. I had the pleasure of interacting with students and early-career post doctoral researchers, as well as some more senior members of Mexico’s particle physics community.
Attending both SILAFAE and the Mexican School impressed on me the depth of talent across Latin America and the enthusiasm of especially the younger members of this community. I believe that a real potential exists for a regional contribution from Latin America to the construction of the DUNE detectors.
I am sure the DUNE collaboration will join me in welcoming and encouraging further participation from this increasingly important region in our exciting experiment.