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Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary.

For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268

If you should wish to subscribe to Email announcements of the Physics Division Seminars, please send email to

"seminar-owner AT orph02 DOT phy DOT ornl DOT gov".

In your message, please include your name and postal address, as well as your public email address.

Interesting seminars on related topics are also available at the University of Tennessee Physics Department Colloquium Series.

Next Seminar:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Non-standard charged current interactions: from beta decays to the LHC

Vincenzo Cirigliano Los Alamos National Laboratory , Los Alamos, NM
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Building 6025, Large Conference Room; Refreshments at 2:40 p.m.
Contact: Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri, (uribarri@ornl.gov), 865.574.6124

The study of beta decays has historically played a central role in establishing what we now call the Standard Model of electroweak interactions. Nowadays, precision studies of semi-leptonic decays involving light quark flavors (u,d,s) can reveal signatures of non-standard interactions arising from broad classes of Standard Model extensions. In this talk I describe the status and prospects of precision low-energy tests involving beta decays and the interplay of these low-energy probes with searches at the Large Hadron Collider. I will first focus on the scenario in which the new physics originates in the multi-TeV scale, in which a direct comparison of low-energy and LHC searches can be performed in an effective theory framework. I will then discuss some examples in which the mediators of the new interactions become accessible at the LHC.