'By comparing our calculations with cosmological observables, such as the deuterium abundance,' said Dr Grohs. 'We can use our Burst computer code to test theories regarding neutrinos, along with other, even less understood, particles. It can be difficult to test these theories in terrestrial labs, so our work provides a window into an otherwise inaccessible area of physics.'
'The Burst computer code allows physicists to exploit the early universe as a laboratory to study the effect of fundamental particles present in the early universe,' Professor Paris said. 'Our new work in neutrino cosmology allows the study of the microscopic, quantum nature of fundamental particles - the basic, subatomic building blocks of nature - by simulating the universe at its largest, cosmological scale.'
The telescopes, 98ft (30 metres) across, are currently under construction. 'With coming improvements in cosmological observations, we expect our Burst computer code to be useful for many years to come,' said Professor Paris.