Physics at Virginia

The J-PARC TREK/E36 experiment with a stopped K+ beam is designed to provide a more precise measurement of the branching ratio RK = Γ(K+ → e+ν)/Γ(K+ → µ+ν) than previous in-flight K+ decay experiments. RK is very precisely predicted by the Standard Model (SM) with an uncertainty of 4×10−4 and any deviation from this prediction would very clearly indicate the existence of new physics beyond the SM. Additionally, the experiment is searching for dark photons/light neutral bosons (A0), which could be associated with dark matter or explain the gµ-2 anomaly and the proton radius puzzle. In the experiment, a K+ beam was stopped by a scintillating fiber target, and charged decay products were momentum analyzed and tracked by a 12-sector superconducting toroidal magnetic spectrometer and multi-wire proportional chambers (MWPCs) combined with a photon calorimeter with a large solid angle (75% of 4π) and 3 different particle identification systems. In this talk, the status of the RK and A0 analyses is presented, and the MWPC calibration and tracking by a Kalman filter are reported. This work has been supported by awards DE-SC0003884 and DE-SC0013941 in U.S., NSERC in Canada, and Kaken-hi in Japan.

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special room.

Joint High Energy and Nuclear Seminar

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