About this Unit
The World Research Unit for Heavy Flavor Particle Physics
has been formed to explore New Physics beyond the Standard Model
by collaboration of experimental and theoretical researches focusing
on the tau-lepton, top, bottom and charm quarks.
These elementary particles are collectively called as
"heavy flavor particles", and are probes sensitive to
New Physics because of their large masses.
The unit consists of three groups working on
the B-factory experiment, lead by
Prof. Toru Iijima (Director of the Center for Experimental Studies, KMI),
the ATLAS experimrnt, lead by
Prof. Makoto Tomoto (Tau-Lepton Physics Research Canter) and
theoretical particle physics, lead by
Junji Hisano (Center for Theoretical Studies, KMI).
We invite Prof. Peter Krizan (Josef Stefan Institute, University of Ljubljana)
as a visiting professor to make a strong tie with researchers
from Europe countries.
Coming years are very exciting time for heavy flavor particle physics,
i.e., we will have new results from the Super B-factory experiment
(SuperKEKB/Belle II) with the peak luminosity 40 times higher than
the previous KEKB/Belle experiment,
and also from the LHC ATLAS experiment with the collision energy
increased to 13-14 TeV from 7-8 TeV in the earlier runs.
These two experiments offer complementary approaches to
find New Physics, namely, the "energy frontier" LHC/ATLAS experiment
provides data of possible new particles produced directly by
extremely high energy beam collisions,
and the "luminosity frontier" SuperKEKB/Belle II experiment
provide high precision data which indicates presence of
new particles produced in quantum loops.
By combining results from both experiments,
together with theoretical researches,
we aims at extracting information of New Physics,
that may also solve some of the mysteries in the Universe,
such as the problems of matter dominated Universe and dark matter.
We would be grateful for your continued cooperation to our research.