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Muon g-2 and the quest for TeV scale physics

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Chris Polly

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

One of the most imperative questions in particle physics today is whether or not new physics will emerge at the few TeV scale.  Observational hints for new physics have arisen from several sectors with exciting theoretical implications that can potentially be explained by supersymmetry, dark matter, or other exotic models.  One of the most persistent hints comes from the Brookhaven muon g-2 experiment, where an ultra-precise measurement of the muon anomalous magnetic moment differs by >3 sigma from the theoretical expectation.  The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon provides a unique window into the TeV scale, and a new effort is underway at Fermilab to improve the experimental precision.  A review of the physics, the principles behind the experiment, and the incredible journey to bring the experiment to the point it is at today will be discussed.