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Physics Program presents

Strings and Mesons: Another Look at the Particle Zoo

Monday, November 11, 2013

A lecture by
Nelia Mann
Candidate for the position in Physics

The standard model of quarks and leptons is an extremely powerful tool in particle physics.  However, it is not the only way of thinking about the particles we study.  In my talk I will discuss some interesting patterns in the spectra and behaviors of mesons (and baryons) which can be explained by thinking of these particles as strings rather than bound states of quarks.  I will show you how string theory can be used to produce concrete models for certain processes, such as proton/proton scattering, and how these models can be directly compared with the data.  This allows string theory to become useful in understanding current particle physics experiments.

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium