Getting on top of the standard model: Hunting for new physics with top quarks
Join us for next online event in our inaugural lecture series, with speaker Yvonne Peter from our Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The search for the most fundamental building blocks of nature have been driving humanity since centuries. Our modern understanding of the most fundamental constituents of matter and the fundamental forces between them is described by the standard model of particle physics. A particularly interesting matter particle is the top quark: It is the heaviest known elementary particle, with a mass close to a gold atom.
Since its discovery in 1995, the top quark has undergone intense studies to better understand its role in nature. Despite the understanding we gained over the years, many open questions can not be answered by the standard model. One example is why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe today.
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Role: Professor of Particle Physics
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Biography: Yvonne Peters joined the D0 experiment at Fermilab during her PhD at the University of Wuppertal, and continued on the same experiment after completing her PhD in 2008 as first a Newton International Fellow and then a STFC Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Manchester. In 2012, she switched to the ATLAS experiment at CERN, while at the same time taking up a position as Juniorprofessor at Georg-August University Goettingen and Helmholtz Young Investigator Group leader at DESY. In 2013, she re-joined The University of Manchester as Senior Research Fellow. Prof Peters has been awarded an ERC Starting grant in 2013, and currently leads an ERC consolidator grant project on exploring the connection of the two heaviest elementary particles.
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