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Kamerlingh Onnes Colloquium: Duurt Johan van der Hoek: Searching for left-right symmetry in physics


29 May 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Kamerlingh Onnes Colloquium: Duurt Johan van der Hoek
Affiliation: KVI, University of Groningen
Title: Searching for left-right symmetry in physics
Date: 29-05-2008
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


All over the world physicists are trying to uncover what lies beyond the
Standard Model of particle physics. In this colloquium I will discuss both a
theoretical and an experimental approach to this quest.
A promising attempt on the theory side is a left-right symmetric model in which
left- and right-handed particles are treated on an equal footing.
In this approach neutrinos can nicely be described as massive particles, as
required by the recent observations of neutrino oscillations.
Models like these have implications for nuclear beta decay, predicting small
deviations from the Standard Model. Next I will describe an experiment performed at the KVI that aims to measure the details of beta decay of radioactive Na-21. The experiment makes use of atom trapping of the radioactive particles in order to make ultra-precise measurements.

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