One of the great quests in science is to be able to deepen our understanding of the Universe and how it works, a “theory of everything” ultimately. Last year, the exciting and long-awaited first results of the Muon g-2 Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Chicago reported some astounding news for the world of physics.
Using particles called muons to act as a window into the subatomic world, the experiment has found compelling evidence of new particles and/or forces existing in our universe. Should the recent results be confirmed with the increased precision, it will be the first direct confirmation of new physics beyond scientist’s best theory of the fundamental structure of the universe: the Standard Model of particle physics.
Regarding my involvement in the project, I am a principal UK researcher on the Muon g-2 Experiment at Fermilab (USA), and have been so for the last 8 years, now working for the University of Manchester. My talk will discuss the current state of the art on particle physics and how these experiments could change physics forever.