Latest Results From LHC Run 2 From the LHCb Experiment

Friday, February 17, 2017: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room 202 (Hynes Convention Center)
Steve Blusk, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
LHCb is an experiment optimised to study extremely rare processes involving the production and decay of particles containing beauty and charm quarks. These particles serve as messengers to study the fundamental forces of nature. They may help elucidate some of the deepest questions humans have ever posed. While matter and antimatter should have been produced with equal abundance in the Big Bang (14.7 billion years ago), the Universe is nearly devoid of antimatter today. Where did it go? What laws of nature were at work to cause the disappearance? Other mysteries, such as the mysterious dark matter that fills the Universe, demand a more complete theory of nature. Another deep question involves the very structure of matter? Every school age student learns about atoms and atomic nuclei. We know the nucleus contains protons and neutrons, which in turn are composed of three, even smaller objects, known as quarks. But are there other combinations of quarks in nature: four, five, or seven quark combinations? Shedding light on these and other fundamental questions are among the chief objectives for the LHCb experiment.