Northwestern University

Mon 4:00 PM

Cheryl Patrick: SuperNEMO and the mystery of matter

When: Monday, April 23, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Technological Institute, F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Pamela Villalovoz   847.491.3644

Group: Physics and Astronomy High Energy Physics Seminars

Category: Academic


Title: SuperNEMO and the mystery of matter

Speaker: Cheryl Patrick, University College London

Abstract: Why does the universe exist? Or rather - how did we end up with a universe made of matter, when matter and antimatter are created together? The SuperNEMO experiment is hoping to find some clues to this puzzle, by looking for neutrinoless double-beta decay. If this decay exists, it has a half-life billions of times longer than the age of the universe - and it creates matter without antimatter, giving us a possible mechanism for the matter-antimatter asymmetry. I will introduce your to our detector, under construction in the Modane tunnel in the French Alps, and explain how we will use our unique tracker-calorimeter architecture to make ultra-low background measurements of the double-beta decay rate and look for the elusive neutrinoless decay.



Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, HEP

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