"What is hiding beyond the Standard Model?"

Craig Group , UVA - Department of Physics
[Host: Despina Louca]

During the last century, particle physicists have formulated and tested a “Standard Model” of fundamental particle physics.  This model has been extremely valuable in successfully making precise predictions for thousands of experiments.  Still, physicists know this model is incomplete!  For example, through many astrophysical observations, we know that the source of a large fraction of the energy in the Universe is due to particles and forces beyond what is included in the Standard Model.  This is a pretty big missing piece, but there is more!  We also don’t understand the structure of the Standard Model, or the reason we observe a matter-dominated Universe – why not antimatter?  These mysteries (and others) mean that there is certainly “New Physics” waiting to be discovered if we do the right experiments!  Where is the New Physics hiding?  We don’t know.  I’ll review several ongoing experimental efforts aimed at answering some of these big fundamental mysteries.

Friday, September 23, 2022
3:30 PM
Clark Hall, Room 108
Note special room.


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