LHCb Charm physics
The research work of the Charm Physics Group focuses on experimental elementary particle physics with a special emphasis on flavour physics. We try to find clues to new and previously undiscovered particles and interactions that could be helpful in answering the many open questions in particle physics. Famous examples are: What is the cause of the observed matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe? Can we find possible candidates for dark matter? Why do matter particles exist in three copies with increasing mass? We try to shed light on the darkness of these questions by analysing data from the LHCb experiment. LHCb is one of the four large detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). My group focuses on rare decays of hadrons with charm quarks, which are particularly sensitive to tiny contributions from unknown particles. Given the large charm production rate at the LHC, this opens up the possibility to search for new phenomena in processes that have never been studied before.
Group leader Dr. Dominik Mitzel