Thursday, November 30, 2023
16:00 - 17:00
The top quark is the heaviest known elementary particle and was discovered only in 1995. Due to its extremely large mass, the top quark has the largest Yukawa coupling to the Standard Model Higgs boson so is also extremely sensitive for testing subtle and not-so-subtle changes to our expectations of that same Higgs boson.
I will highlight some the most recent results from the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN and discuss how we use relatively well-understood particles like the top quark to try to observe or break the standard Model. To do so, cutting edge analysis techniques have been necessary historically, and are still pushing the boundaries of what is computationally possible in particle physics. In this colloquium aimed at a general physics audience we will of course also look forward to the next challenges in collider physics.
UvA - Faculty of Science
high energy physics