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Top quarks and fist fights

Posted on 28/09/2011
Veronique Boivert

Dr Veronique Boisvert, a Lecturer in the Physics Department, is this week at an international conference in Costa Brava, Spain, to present results of her research in Particle Physics. 

The "TOP 2011" conference has been hearing about all the latest research developments concerning the top quark -- by far the heaviest elementary particle known to exist -- from experimentalists and theorists alike. The top quark was first observed in experiments carried out at the TeVatron collider, in Chicago, over 15 years ago. The Tevatron experiments, as well as the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland), have now collected large amounts of data with top quarks.  

On Tuesday (Sept. 27) Dr Boisvert told the conference about the latest results from the TeVatron, on the search for possible new particles decaying to top quarks. While at the conference Dr Boisvert gave a live interview to BBC Radio 4 "PM show" about the TOP 2011 meeting. Among other things, she was asked who she thought would win if a fist fight erupted between experimental and theoretical physicists! You can hear what she had to say here (minute 43 of the BBC Radio 4 "PM show", 26 Sep 2011).

Dr Boisvert's research has long been focused on the study of the top quark. She is a member of the CDF experiment at the TeVatron collider, and of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.


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