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March 6 Colloquium

Wolfgang Altmannshofer, Perimeter Institute

The Flavor Puzzle

The known basic building blocks of matter, the quarks and leptons, come in three generations or flavors.
The masses and interactions of the different flavors show a very hierarchical structure and the origin of these hierarchies remains an unsolved mystery of particle physics.The same hierarchies lead to a very high sensitivity of flavor changing processes to new undiscovered particles even outside the reach of direct searches at particle colliders.In this colloquium I will discuss the status of our understanding of flavor and highlight the complementarity of flavor and collider physics in searching for new phenomena at the TeV scale and beyond.


REFRESHMENTS:  3:40 p.m. in the Willamette Atrium COLLOQUIUM:   4:00 p.m. in Willamette 100