Seminar Series

A New State of Beauty and Charm

Speaker

Professor Sally Seidel (Visiting Erskine with the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences)

Institute

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico

Time & Place

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:00:00 NZST in NOTE NEW LOCATION - Jack Erskine Building, Room 101

All are welcome

Abstract

The ATLAS Collaboration at CERN has announced the observation of a particle with properties consistent with expectations for an excited state of the Bc meson.  Mesons are subatomic particles composed of one quark and one antiquark.  The Bc meson comprises two heavy quarks: beauty (also known as bottom) and charm.  This is the heaviest meson state of two different quark flavours and the first member of the Bc family to be observed above the ground state.  The observation provides opportunities for testing predictions based on QCD, the theory of the strong force, and may contribute to extraction of the strong interaction potential.

http://www-hep.phys.unm.edu/~seidel/

Biography

Professional History

1987 Ph.D., University of Michigan, "A Search for Nucleon Decay Employing Particle Identification, Invariant Masses, and Complete Track Reconstruction with a Water Cherenkov Detector"; member of the IMB Collaboration
1987-1991 Research Associate, University of Toronto Department of Physics, member of the ARGUS Collaboration
1991-1997 Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy; member of the CDF and ATLAS Collaborations
1997-2004 Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy, member of the CDF and ATLAS Collaborations
2004-present Professor, University of New Mexico Department of Physics and Astronomy, member of the CDF, ATLAS, RD42, and RD50 Collaborations
2006-2007 Visiting Professor, Lund University Division of Experimental Particle Physics
2008-2009 Visiting Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Division of Physics
2010-2011 Visiting Professor, Institute of Physics, Vietnam Academy of Science, Hanoi
2016 Visiting Professor, University of Colombo, Department of Physics