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Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Particle Physics 2 Bruce Kennedy RAL PPD
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Open questions What happened to the antimatter ? Why is there some matter left over What is the origin of mass ? Higgs mechanism (cf Bill Murrays talk) Can we find the Higgs particle ? Where does gravity come in ? Theory of everything
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Central idea in physics A physical theory is defined by its symmetries Simple eg: cos(x) = cos(-x) More complex example: QCD (theory of strong interaction) Invariant under rotation of quarks in colour space Symmetry described mathematically by Group Theory Symmetries Quantum Field Theory Symmetry group Standard Model Particles And Forces SU(3) x SU(2) x U(1)SO(10) ??
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Where did the antimatter go ? … so it should all annihilate Z0Z0 - + - + Matter and antimatter created equally e.g. … but there is some matter left over
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD u_su_s Matter-antimatter symmetry Symmetry operation CP P – parity – mirror reflection (x,y,z) (-x,-y,-z) C – charge conjugation particle antiparticle CP is an exact symmetry in physics e.g. rate for K + + 0 = K - - 0 … except for neutral K & B mesons… u_su_s _us_us K+K+ K+K+ K-K-
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Symmetry breaking Decays of K 0 and B 0 are slightly different from anti-K 0 and anti-B 0 ONLY known matter-antimatter difference Requires 3 quark-lepton generations Known as CP-violation Effect is very small Experimental study is difficult
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD The BaBar experiment Based at SLAC, Ca Studies B mesons >10 8 B-meson decays recorded High-precision results CP violation confirmed Non-zero value CP violation
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Where is the Higgs particle ? Was it seen at LEP ? (see Bill Murrays talk) How heavy is it ? At least 114 GeV No more than 1000 GeV (or 1 TeV) How can we find it (if it exists) Collide intense high-energy particle beams (eg at LHC) Search for Higgs signature (not so easy…)
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD What about gravity ? Particle physics tries to unify forces Electromagnetic+weak, strong Why not gravity ? Symmetries of particle physics (SM) and gravitation (GR) incompatible Can be fixed by adding a new symmetry Supersymmetry (SUSY)
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Particles exist as Fermions (eg e,, q) – matter particles Bosons (eg, Z, W) – force carriers In SUSY, fermions get boson partners (and vice versa) electron e selectron photon photino What is SUSY ? SUSY
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD … so where are the SUSY particles ? Must be heavy … otherwise we would have found them SUSY is a broken symmetry How heavy ? No solid prediction from theory Probably not more than 1 TeV Lightest SUSY particle should be stable (possible connection to Dark Matter)
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD To study Higgs & supersymmetry Need high energy beams (particle masses up to 1000 GeV) … and very intense beams (because interesting processes are very rare) New accelerator The Large Hadron Collider proton-proton collider Built in old LEP tunnel Beam energy 7 TeV, or 7000 GeV Due to start in 2007 Accelerator and detectors now being built. The Large Hadron Collider
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD LHC trivia 40 million collisions/sec 1000 million pp interactions/sec … but almost all of them are background Raw data rate is 10 15 bytes/sec equivalent to >1 million CD-roms/sec Only 0.00025% recorded for analysis experimental trigger rejects the rest
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Inside an LHC detector ECAL Tracker HCAL Magnet Muon chambers
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Finding the Higgs particle at LHC A few difficulties We dont know the mass of the Higgs Anywhere from 114 GeV to 1000 GeV Detection technique depends on massmass LHC produces 10 9 p-p interactions/sec … but only a few thousand Higgs/year LHC is a proton-proton collider So not a clean environment like LEPnot a clean environment
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Finding SUSY particles at LHC Lightest SUSY particle leaves detector Detection relies on study of missing energy and momentum Seen in detector: 2 jets of hadrons (mainly mesons) 2 muons 1 electron Missing energy and momentum deduced from conservation laws.
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD What will we learn from LHC Should find the Higgs particle Or more than one ? Should discover supersymmetry (If it exists – no experimental evidence so far) Better understanding of CP violation (Matter-antimatter differences) Maybe something unexpected ?
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD What do we do next ? LHC good for discovery Need a more precise tool for detailed understanding Muon collider ? Exciting prospect, but very difficult Exciting prospect e+e- linear collider ? Europe, USA, Japan all have plans Europe
Bruce Kennedy, RAL PPD Conclusion Exciting times ahead for particle physics Matter-antimatter Why is the universe made of matter ? Current experiments should give some answers LHC should go beyond the Standard Model Higgs particle(s), SUSY, new questions New colliders planned for next generation of experiments