Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 13:30
in Physics West 117

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 13:15)

Precision measurements of the CKM Angle γ

Sneha Malde (Oxford University)


The level of CP-violation permitted within the Standard Model cannot account for the matter dominated universe in which we live. Within the Standard Model the CKM matrix, which describes the quark couplings, is expected to be unitary. By making precise measurements of the CKM matrix parameters new physics models can be constrained, or with sufficient precision the effects of physics beyond the standard model might become apparent. The CKM angle γ is the least well known angle of the unitarity triangle. It is the only angle easily accessible at tree-level, and furthermore has almost no theoretical uncertainties. Therefore it provides an invaluable Standard Model benchmark against which other new physics sensitive tests of the CP-violation can be made. I will discuss recent measurements of γ using the data from the LHCb experiment, which improve our knowledge of this key parameter.