Mr Jack Setford (University of Sussex)
Quirks - particles charged under a QCD-like confining force - are an interesting extension to the Standard Model. Pair-produced quirks can exhibit extremely unusual behaviour if produced at the LHC. Current track reconstruction algorithms at the LHC are mostly blind to the 'quirky' tracks these particles would leave in the detector, so a new search strategy is proposed that offers good...
Mr Matthew Kirk (IPPP, Durham University)
Predictions of meson mixing observables and the lifetime ratios of heavy mesons provide an excellent way to test our theoretical tools against experiment. One of the main numerical inputs to these calculations are non-perturbative parameters - I will speak about the latest determinations of these inputs, and how they affect our understanding of the theory calculation, as well as briefly about...
Maciej Matuszewski (Durham University)
Recent work has show that the AdS/CFT correspondence can be used to successfully model mesons. In particular, the combination of this method and the instanton method shows particular promise in calculating meson decay rates. I will present the background of this technique, beginning with introducing a toy 2 dimensional model. I will then present my more recent work on a more realistic model...
Mr Alastair Wickens (King's College London)
In this talk, I will be discussing the viability of a purely SU(N) dark sector that undergoes a confining phase transition at some energy scale in the early universe. We will explore the relationship between key parameters in this theory along with their effect on an observable gravitational wave signal from upcoming gravitational wave detection experiments.