The Naturally Unnatural Standard Model of Particle Physics

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Date: October 14, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Physics & Astronomy
Category: Seminar

Speaker: Prof. Nausheen Shah

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University

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 Abstract: The Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics provides an excellent description of nature. However, it is very much an empirical model: Why are there 3 generations of matter with such large mass hierarchies? What is the origin of their mixings? What is dark matter (DM)? What dynamics govern the Higgs mechanism? If Ultraviolet symmetry breaking governs the structure we observe at the weak scale, apparent fine-tunings may be a hint of the global structure dictating beyond the SM physics. In this talk, I will discuss some fine-tunings that may be responsible for the structure we observe in Higgs couplings, fermion masses, and mixings, and possible connections of the Higgs sector with DM.

Biography:  Prof. Nausheen Shah is a theoretical physicist working on understanding the basic principles underlying the observed structure of the universe. In particular, she is currently studying how the Higgs boson and Dark Matter can shed light on the presence of new physics beyond the Standard Model of physics, using the interplay between high energy physics theory, experiment, and cosmology.

 Shah received her Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from the University of Chicago. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Fermilab and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Wayne State University in 2015.

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