Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of New Mexico

Nuclear, Particle, Astroparticle and Cosmology (NUPAC) Seminars

A Search for New Physics in Decays of B Mesons to Muon Pairs, Development of New Particle Timing Technology, and Characterization of Radiation Damage in Silicon Detectors at the Large Hadron Collider

Presented by Hijas Farook (UNM) 

The dimuon decay of B meson is a flavor changing neutral current process which is highly suppressed in the Standard Model. The experimental search for these decays is a compelling method to find New Physics indirectly. I will discuss the analysis technique that is used to statistically improve the uncertainties, and the philosophy and implementation of the search, concentrating on the branching ratio measurement using the Run 2 data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Secondly, the High Luminosity upgrade of the LHC will increase the number of interactions per bunch crossing, and this will improve the statistics of branching ratio measurements for channels such as dimuon decay of B meson. But the increased luminosity will increase the complexity of reconstructing the events. I describe a new detector technology which improves the vertex identification capability to disambiguate nearly simultaneous interactions in the bunch crossing. Increased luminosity also damages the detectors, and this damage has important implications for data-taking operations, charged-particle track reconstruction, detector simulations, and physics analysis. Simulations and measurements of the leakage current in the ATLAS Pixel detector as a function of location in the detector, applied fluence, and time, using data collected in Run 1 (2010-2012), Run 2 (2015-2018), and partial Run 3 of the Large Hadron Collider are the third topic presented.

2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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