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The search for new physics at the energy and lifetime frontiers

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 07, 2022, 03:30pm - 04:30pm

Speaker: John Paul Chou, Rutgers University


Abstract: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory is the world's most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC has had a successful and highly productive Run 2 from 2015-2018, colliding protons with a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV and collecting data at unprecedented rates.  A third run has just begin at even higher energies, and preparations are being made for a high-luminosity upgrade that will see the data sample size grow by another order of magnitude. The central focus of the LHC program is the search for physics beyond the Standard Model.  Although its motivations remain as strong as ever, this elusive new physics could have distinct signatures that nevertheless have evaded conventional searches. In this talk I will highlight some recent results from the CMS experiment, one of the two general-purpose detectors located along the LHC ring.  I will also discuss methods for how we might extend dramatically the scope of the LHC program into the lifetime frontier.

 Host:  Yuri Gershtein

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