New lecture series illuminates future experiments at Fermilab, begins next week

The search for dark matter is just one of the topics that will be covered by a new lecture series at Fermilab titled “The Allure of Ultrasensitive Experiments.”

Beginning Sept. 17, Fermilab’s Theory Group will kick off a new academic lecture series on the exciting experimental opportunities that lie in Fermilab’s future. The lecture series, titled “The Allure of Ultrasensitive Experiments,” will take place on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in One West and Curia II.

Fermilab has proposed some remarkably precise experiments that have the potential to unveil new physics beyond the Standard Model. They can be sensitive to new particles at, and sometimes above, the TeV scale, as well as to dark matter. The academic lecture series will illuminate the purpose of these experiments, how they work and why their findings would be important.

The talks are aimed at graduate students and postdocs in the Fermilab area, as well as at anyone who is simply curious. There also will be an opportunity for theorists and experimentalists whose careers may have focused on a specific project to broaden their horizons and learn about other experiments in greater detail.

Fermilab and the U.S. particle physics community are in the process of making decisions about the future directions our programs will take. It is important for us all to be informed not only about our own respective niches, but about the field as a whole.

Local and guest experts will give the lectures, which will start with a series of four talks in September on the Muon g-2 experiment and its related theory. In October there will be four talks on searches for charged-lepton flavor violation and the Mu2e experiment. In December we will learn about dark-matter direct-detection experiments. The rest of the program is taking shape. We plan to cover neutrino experiments, searches for electric dipole moments and quark flavor violation. We welcome comments and suggestions.

View the Allure of Ultrasensitive Experiments Web page for the fall schedule and for more information.

Roni Harnik and Chris Quigg, lecture series organizers