Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 8th October 2008 at 1:30pm
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

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

Heavy Flavour Content of the Proton

Dr Paul Thompson (Birmingham)

The heavy flavour content of the proton is studied in electron-proton collisions at the HERA collider, which operated until 2007. The measurements of charm and beauty production are sensitive to the gluon density of the proton and provide a stringent test of perturbative quantum chromodynamics. A precise knowledge of proton structure is important for understanding standard model and new physics processes at the LHC.