Duke Physics Colloquium: Cracking the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:30pm
"Cracking the Standard Model of Particle Physics" - The study of fundamental particles, at a multitude of experiments over many decades, led to the emergence and triumph of the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. Despite the overwhelming success of this model, it still leaves many questions unanswered. Is there a deeper explanation for the pattern of particle masses and interactions that we see? Why is the observed universe composed of matter while anti-matter is scarce? Is there a particle explanation for dark matter that should be added to the SM? In this talk I will discuss how answers to such questions are being sought at experiments that are either currently running or planned for the near future. I will illustrate how this program is underpinned by a detailed understanding of the predictions of the SM and discuss how precise predictions are made for current experiments being performed at the Large Hadron Collider. I will describe some of the pioneering theoretical calculations that have recently been performed and highlight how such work goes hand in hand with the current experimental program to answer outstanding issues in particle physics. Faculty Host: Al Goshaw | Refreshments will be served before the event in Physics Building room 128.