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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

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  • Tue
    01
    Oct
    2019

    Colloquium: Searches of New Physics with the Belle II Experiment

    4:00 pmLewis Hall 101

    Michel Villanueva
    Department of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Mississippi

    Searches of New Physics with the Belle II Experiment

    Despite the large success shown by the Standard Model of Elementary Particles describing subatomic processes, there are still many open questions in nature that cannot be explained by the Standard Model. Solving the issues faced by the Standard Model requires the introduction of new particles or interactions, which, if they exist, can be observed as deviations from the predictions of suppressed or forbidden processes. The Belle II experiment will play a critical role in searches for new physics at the "intensity frontier". First collisions took place in 2018 at the new SuperKEKB accelerator, which is expected to operate for the next decade, collecting 50 times more data than the previous generation of experiments of this kind. In this talk, the data production and physics programs of the Belle II experiment are presented, in which the High Energy Physics group of the University of Mississippi contributes to key roles. Of particular interest in my research are decays of the tau lepton, which provide a clean environment to the study of QCD related processes.