Physics Colloquium: Testing the Standard Model with Kaons
Tuesday, September 19 at 3:15pm
Regents Hall, 109 3700 O St. NW
Prof. Phil Rubin, George Mason University
The very successful Standard Model of particle physics makes specific and testable predictions about the behaviors of elementary particles. Specifically, it constrains the rate at which quarks transform into one another via the weak interaction. We describe some high precision strange-quark transition measurements (kaons are the lightest particles containing a strange quark) at CERN which aim to test these Standard Model predictions to the limit of current theoretical understanding, and thereby seek indirect evidence for new physics beyond the Standard Model.
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