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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 873236, 9 pages
Review Article

Bruno Pontecorvo and Neutrino Oscillations

1Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna 141980, Russia
2TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2A3

Received 17 June 2013; Accepted 28 August 2013

Academic Editor: Vincenzo Flaminio

Copyright © 2013 Samoil M. Bilenky. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


I discuss briefly in this review, dedicated to the centenary of the birth of the great neutrino physicist Bruno Pontecorvo, the following ideas he proposed: (i) the radiochemical method of neutrino detection; (ii) the universality of the weak interaction; (iii) the accelerator neutrino experiment which allowed to prove that muon and electron neutrinos are different particles (the Brookhaven experiment). I consider in some details Pontecorvo's pioneering idea of neutrino masses, mixing, and oscillations and the development of this idea by Pontecorvo, by Pontecorvo and Gribov, and by Pontecorvo and myself.