Particle Physics

This series consists of talks in the areas of Particle Physics, High Energy Physics & Quantum Field Theory.

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Tuesday Apr 17, 2012
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Direct dark matter (DM) detection experiments almost always focus on Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), which have a mass in the 1--1000 GeV range.  However, what if DM is not a WIMP?  In this talk, new direct detection strategies for DM particles with MeV to GeV mass will be presented.  In this largely unexplored mass range, DM can scatter with electrons, causing ionization of atoms in a detector target material and leading to single- or few-electron events.  I will present the first direct detection limits on DM as light as a few MeV, using XENON10 data.

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Tuesday Apr 10, 2012
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During the last ten years, a lot of experimental information has been collected from neutrino oscillation experiments  on the masses and and mixings among the three known  neutrino species. This presents  an almost comparable flavor picture for leptons as is already known to exist for quarks. In the talk I would like to discuss what these results imply for physics beyond the standard model since SM predicts zero neutrino mass.

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Tuesday Mar 27, 2012
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Models with right-handed currents have recently attracted attention because of their potential ability to solve the discrepancy in various determinations of |V_{ub}|. We consider a minimal setup with an SU(2)_L x SU(2)_R x U(1)_{B-L} gauge symmetry, for which we perform a simultaneous analysis of the most important constraints from electroweak precision observables, particle anti-particle mixing and the B -> X_{s,d} gamma decays.

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Tuesday Mar 20, 2012
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The axion provides a solution to the strong CP problem and is a cold dark matter candidate.  I'll briefly review the limits on the axion from particle physics, stellar evolution and cosmology.  The various constraints suggest that the axion mass is in the micro-eV to milli-eV range.  In this window, axions contribute significantly to the energy density of the universe in the form of cold dark matter.  It was recently found that dark matter axions thermalize and form a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC).  As a result, it may be possible to distinguish axions from other forms of dark matter, suc

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Friday Mar 09, 2012
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Neutrino physics entered a new era in the last decade. With the discovery of a non-vanishing neutrino rest mass in oscillation experiments a variety of new questions showed up in the context of nuclear and particle physics. One of the crucial questions is the determination of the absolute neutrino mass, which cannot be measured in oscillation experiments. One option is neutrino-less double beta decay, the simultaneous conversion of two neutrons into two protons emitting two electrons.

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Friday Mar 09, 2012
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The Large Hadron Collider has been operating for more than a year and delivering exciting results. It has already excluded large parts of the parameter space for supersymmetry. If the hints of a Higgs boson at 125 GeV hold up, the implications for supersymmetry are even more profound. I will explain some of the consequences, including the failure of large classes of models like general gauge mediation to account for such a heavy Higgs.

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Thursday Mar 08, 2012
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The LHC is offering our first glimpses of physics at energies above a TeV, allowing us an unprecedented chance to search for very heavy new particles from electroweak compositeness, new gauge forces, extra dimensions, and supersymmetry.  Some of the most interesting signals involve decays into Standard Model particles that we are used to thinking of as "heavy":  W/Z bosons, top quarks, and perhaps Higgs bosons.  However, at genuinely TeV-scale energies, these SM particles with O(100 GeV) mass are produced with relativistic velocities.  Consequently, their own decay products are Lorentz-boo

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Wednesday Mar 07, 2012
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Supersymmetry is a popular candidate for the 'model beyond the Standard Model', however minimal versions of it are quite constrained by the first year of data from the LHC. In this talk I will focus on supersymmetry scenarios where the gaugino masses are Dirac rather than Majorana. This seemingly innocuous change has a profound impact on collider bounds -- reducing the bound on (1st and 2nd generation) squark masses by nearly a factor of two. In addition, Dirac gaugino scenarios have amazing flavor properties, smoking gun LHC signals, and cosmological implications.

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Tuesday Mar 06, 2012
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Tuesday Mar 06, 2012
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Observing lepton-number violating processes is a decisive step toward establishing the Majorana nature of the neutrino mass. We explore the prospects searching for Delta L = 2 processes and propose the tests for the three types of the Seesaw mechanisms. Potential signals at the LHC
are studied and correlations to the neutrino oscillation parameters are investigated.

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