Pushing the Precision Frontier: Probing the Standard Model with Rare Isotopes
- Kyle Leach, TRIUMF
Tuesday, January 21, 4:00 PM - Special Seminar
NSCL Lecture Hall
The development of the Standard Model has been one of the crowning achievements in modern physics, and is the cornerstone of current subatomic studies. Despite its success, the Standard Model is known to be incomplete, and providing limits on possible physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM) is crucial to our understanding of the physical universe. Although they are generally complex, nuclear systems can be exploited as a laboratory for these studies through the use of rare-isotope beams (RIBs) and world-class experimental facilities. These studies are extensive, and include probing CKM unitarity via superallowed Fermi beta decay, and examining nuclear matrix elements (NMEs) of neutrinoless double-beta decay. This seminar will explore the impact that such measurements have had on fundamental tests of the Standard Model, and outline possible directions this work will take in the future.