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August 14, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Physics #312 | Map
666 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free!
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

Title: Lattice QCD, rare decays, flavour puzzles, and Belle II

Speaker: Sophie Hollitt (University of Adelaide)

Abstract: Theory and experiment both have key roles to play in our understanding of the Universe. In flavour physics, semileptonic and leptonic decays of B mesons let us access CKM matrix elements and probe our understanding of flavour changing processes, but there have been some recent puzzles offering tantalising hints of new physics. With pushes toward higher precision calculations in theory, including with lattice QCD, the broader physics community hopes to match theory errors to the statistical and systematic errors expected for upcoming analyses, including at Belle II.

In this talk I will discuss my role in preparations for measuring semitauonic B decays in Belle IIu2019s Phase 3 in early 2019, and our prospects for learning more about possible lepton flavour violation and the existing R(D(*)) puzzle. I will also discuss my work on B mesons in lattice QCD, focussed on SU(3) symmetry breaking in the B decay constant, which is relevant to determination of CKM elements and rare leptonic decay rates.

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