g-2 of the muon: touchstone of the Standard Model, keyhole to New Physics?

Particle Physics Theory seminar

g-2 of the muon: touchstone of the Standard Model, keyhole to New Physics?

  • Event time: 2:00pm
  • Event date: 24th March 2010
  • Speaker: Thomas Teubner (University of Liverpool)
  • Location: Lecture Theatre B,

Event details

The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, g-2, is one of the great success stories of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model, albeit various twists and turns.

We will review the Standard Model prediction of g-2 and confront it with the formidably accurate measurement from Brookhaven. The emerging discrepancy between experiment and theory has survived intense scrutiny and may well mark the breaking point of the Standard Model. If this is the case, supersymmetry could explain the discrepancy. For the future, further improvements of the theoretical prediction are in reach. With new experiments planned, g-2 will remain at the forefront of particle physics, testing the Standard Model and constraining the physics beyond.

The Particle Physics Theory seminar is a weekly series of talks reflecting the diverse interests of the group. Topics include analytic and numerical calculations based on the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, theories exploring new physics, as well as more formal developments in gauge theories and gravity..

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