I’m Down South this week at Imperial College, for a meeting on “(Re)interpreting the results of new physics searches at the LHC”.
Given the lack of obvious signs of physics beyond the Standard Model (particularly supersymmetry at accessible energies), theoretical ideas are diversifying. This makes it increasingly important that we record and publish our data in a way that it can be used to probe a range of new models, some of which haven’t yet been thought of.
Essentially, if you don’t ask the right question of the data, you won’t really know what the answer means. Imagine doing a search for an imaginary extra-dimensions model say, finding that it doesn’t exist, and being told that when you said “no” to that model you’d also definitively ruled out the single market, EFTA, EEA, a customs union, and freedom of movement. If you haven’t asked the question properly you won’t know whether that’s true, and it is quite tricky going back to redo the experiment.
Ok sorry, politics leaking into physics posts is annoying. But not, I suggest, as annoying as still trying to explain your April Fools joke two days after the event (see image above).
In Geneva airport they’ve had a “Swiss/EU/UK” line at passport control for a long time, even before our act of self harm in 2016. Yesterday evening I noticed the UK flag had been taped over.
Frictionless border. Now try doing that with a lorryload of fancy hoovers.
I was earlier into work than usual this morning after talking about a new pentaquark discovered by LHCb and reported just now in the Moriond QCD meeting.
Even so, when I got in, Ryan was already there, well into his Noνa data taking shift.
After confusion and controversy on various experiments (including mine) over several years, LHCb reported the first solid observation of two pentaquark states in 2015. This result adds a third, and also reveals that one of the others may in fact be two, with slightly different masses.
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