Dr Ben Still, research associate and particle physicist from the School of Physics and Astronomy has won the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) Early Career Communicators’ Award for a range of exciting and innovative projects to share his love of physics.
BaBar recently unveiled two results that test the limits of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Both of these were shown at the Flavor Physics and CP Violation (FPCP 2012) conference in China during May. The first of these was a measurement of B mesons decaying into a final state containing either a Dτν or a D*τν. Too many events were found, and the combination of these measurements is in tension with the Standard Model, the measured result is 3.4σ from what was expected, with a p value of 6.9×10-4.
The LHC will increase the proton beam energy to 4 TeV per beam when it restarts operation in March. The mass range available to the Higgs particle is already narrowed to a window of just 16 GeV. The ATLAS and CMS experiments have seen hints that a Higgs might exist in the mass range 124-126 GeV. To discover, or to rule out the Standard Model Higgs altogether, requires one more year’s worth of data.
Following the successfull Launch of new School of Physics and Astronomy that took place on Tuesday 31st January 2012, we have been asked to make available the summary of talks to all those who could not find place in the packed lecture hall.
Dr. Eram Rizvi will be delivering a six-part course in particle physics at the Royal Institution in February. The evening lectures are aimed at those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of particle physics going beyond a single lecture. The course will examine the theoretical and experimental developments that led to the Standard Model.
The Particle Physics Research Centre has a number of funded PhD studentships available for UK, EU and International applicants. The deadline for applications is 31st January 2012. Students will join an active group involved in a broad range of activities including neutrino physics, LHC physics and R&D for future experiments.