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Colloquium: LHCb: Results, Prospects and Pentaquarks?

Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dr. Michael Williams (MIT)
The LHCb experiment at CERN was designed to be, and has become, the world's premier lab for studying processes where the net quark content changes. Such studies permit potentially observing the effects of particles at very high mass scales, even those with masses that (greatly) exceed the energy of the LHC itself. I will summarize the constraints placed on new high-mass particles by LHCb to-date, and also highlight a few interesting anomalies that have been seen. The LHCb physics program expanded rapidly during LHC Run 1 to include searches for dark bosons, studies of exotic tetraquark and pentaquark states, and novel probes of proton structure. I will give an overview of the current status and future prospects for each of these topics. 
Refreshments will be served in CP 179 at 3:15 PM
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