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Colloquium This Week: April 8, 2011.

Apr 4, 2011

Speaker: Professor Michael R Fortner
Date: April 08, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 4 PM
Room: 205 Currens Hall


The fact that we live in a matter-dominated universe is not consistent with the Standard Model of particle physics. In 1967 Sakharov suggested anomalous CP-violating decays as a condition to explain the asymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe. Recent results from the Dzero experiment at Fermilab show an anomalously high asymmetry in the production of two like sign muons from b-quark decays in proton-antiproton collisions. This asymmetry is a measure of CP violation in neutral B-mesons and is inconsistent with the Standard Model.

About the speaker:

Professor Michael Fortner is a physics professor from the Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University. Professor Fortner is an experimental particle physicist who develops high-speed and real-time electronics for particle identification and data acquisition. His current research actively involves work with the D0 detector at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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