Departmental Seminar

Are misbehaving muons taking us beyond the standard model of particle physics?

Professor Raymond Volkas
University of Melbourne

After reviewing the basics of our current understanding of fundamental particles and their interactions, as enshrined in the Standard Model, I will briefly survey the well-established evidence that this is an incomplete theory. The main part of the talk will then be about recent measurements of the muon anomalous magnetic moment, and the rates of some B-meson decays, which point to possible further inadequacies of the Standard Model. Interestingly, the strongest current hints for this all involve muons.

Prof Raymond Volkas is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics, where he has been a Faculty member since 1993. He is the Director of the Melbourne Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics (established in 2011) and served as Head of the School of Physics from 2014-2016.

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