SuperNEMO and the mystery of matter

Experimental Particle Physics seminar

SuperNEMO and the mystery of matter

  • Event time: 4:00pm until 5:00pm
  • Event date: 2nd November 2018
  • Speaker: Dr Cheryl Patrick (University College London)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305,

Event details

Why does the universe exist? Or rather - how did we end up with a universe made of matter, when matter and antimatter are created together? The SuperNEMO experiment is hoping to find some clues to this puzzle, by looking for neutrinoless double-beta decay. If this decay exists, it has a half-life billions of times longer than the age of the universe - and it creates matter without antimatter, giving us a possible mechanism for the matter-antimatter asymmetry. I will introduce your to our detector, under construction in the Modane tunnel in the French Alps, and explain how we will use our unique tracker-calorimeter architecture to make ultra-low background measurements of the double-beta decay rate and look for the elusive neutrinoless decay.

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