The Mu2e Experiment: Searching Deeper for the Meaning of Flavor
Abstract: Since its discovery in 1936, the muon has posed deep challenges to our understanding of fundamental physics. With the longest lifetime of any unstable fundamental particle, the muon also offers unique experimental opportunities to probe for connections in the flavor sector. The Mu2e experiment will search for the direct conversion of muons into electrons, a process sensitive to many forms of New Physics. By using solenoidal transport and other unconventional beam systems, Mu2e will stop an unprecedented 10^18 muons with very little background, allowing a sensitivity to the relative conversion rate of a few 10^-17. With a factor of 10^4 sensitivity improvement over previous experiments, Mu2e will probe New Physics effective mass scales up to 10^4 TeV. Scheduled to start operation in 2019 on Fermilab's new muon campus, Mu2e will provide us with a deeper understanding of flavor.
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