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Event Number 2655

  Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

High Energy Seminar
Experimental Muon Physics: an Overview
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: David Webber, University of Wisconsin Madison
Abstract: According to the Standard Model of particle physics, muons behave like
heavy electrons which decay only via the weak force. Their properties
make them especially well-suited to precision measurements of
fundamental parameters of the Standard Model, as well as searches for
physics beyond the Standard Model. Muons have the longest lifetime of
any fundamental particle which still decays, allowing them to form
chemical bound states and probe the structure of the proton.
Additionally, muon decay maximally violates parity, correlating the
decay electron with the muon's spin and enabling measurements of g-2.
In this talk, several recent experimental results will be reviewed,
and some upcoming experiments will be presented.
Host: Karsten Heeger
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