Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 10th October 2012 at 1:30pm
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 1:15pm)

Precision Measurement of the W Boson Mass at CDF

Bo Jayatilaka (Duke University)


The W boson mass is a crucial parameter in the standard model of particle physics, providing constraints on the mass of the Higgs boson as well as on new physics models via quantum loop corrections. We have measured the W boson mass using data corresponding to 2.2/fb of integrated luminosity collected with the CDF II detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. The measurement, performed using electron and muon decays of W bosons, yields a mass of 80387\ufffd19 MeV. This represents the single most precise measurement of the W boson mass ever performed, significantly surpassing the precision of all prior measurements combined. An updated world average of the W boson mass, including all recent Tevatron measurements, as well as the resulting standard model implications, will be presented.