"String Theory and the Real World"

Jonathan Heckman , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
[Host: Bob Hirosky]

The Standard Model of particle physics provides a remarkably accurate description of Nature at small distance scales. But although this theory remains in close agreement with experiment, coupling the Standard Model to gravity leads to internal theoreticalinconsistencies at length scales much smaller than current experiments can probe. In this talk we review some of the recent progress made in formulating a self-consistent theory based on embedding the Standard Model in a strongly coupled phase of string theory known as "F-theory."  We review how this construction leads to flavor physics models in both the quark and neutrino sectors.  Time permitting, we also review recent efforts to make further contact with current and future experiments.

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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