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Friday 08 Nov 2019The physics of flavour

Patrick Koppenburg - Nikhef

Newman Red 12:30-13:30

In particle physics, flavour refers to the species of an elementary particle. The concept of lepton flavour universality, where the muon and tau particles are simply heavier copies of the electron, is a key prediction in the Standard Model (SM). In models beyond the SM, lepton universality can be naturally violated. Over the last few years, several hints of lepton universality violation have been seen at the LHCb, Belle and BaBar experiments. I will present the LHCb experiment, explain the basics of flavour physics, show how it is sensitive to very high energy scales and present the current status.

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