QM Physicists in major new particle physics facility in Europe

Italy has approved a new international particle physics experiment: SuperB. This announcement was made on the last day of a SuperB workshop held at Caltech in December 2010. This major new facility will cost 500M Euros to build and will be dedicated to the search for signs of new physics at high energy in a complementary way to the brute force approach of the LHC. SuperB will use the subtleties of quantum mechanics to perform high precision measurements and detect the effects of heavy particles that would be un-detectable at the LHC. A second part of the programme will perform precision tests of the so-called Standard Model of Particle Physics.

Dr. Adrian Bevan of the Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) at QMUL leads the physics effort of the SuperB collaboration and recently edited the SuperB Physics White Paper that underpins the particle physics motivation for this experiment. He is also leading a team of UK scientists on a detector R&D programme for this experiment. The measurements that will be made possible by this facility will study several fundamental aspects of nature. By putting these together with results from the LHC and neutrino experiments such as T2K it will be possible for scientists to build a more complete picture of the fundamental mechanisms of physics that explain how the universe evolved from the Big Bang into its current state. SuperB was the missing link in this puzzle and will take us a step closer to the holy grail of physics: a Grand Unified Theory.

The accelerator underpinning the SuperB facility is not just exclusively for particle physicists: this complex will also be an extremely bright light source that will be used for condensed matter and life-sciences research.

The INFN press release announcing this experimental programme can be found here.

More information on the SuperB project can be found here.
Dr. Adrian Bevan