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The Mu2e Experiment at Fermilab: A Search for Charged Lepton Flavor Violation

HEP Division Seminar
James Miller, Boston University
June 26, 2013 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Building 362, Room F108
The Mu2e Experiment is now being developed at Fermilab, with the goal to improve on the existing limit for the neutrinoless conversion of a muon to an electron (mu2e) in the field of a nucleus by four orders of magnitude. This interaction is an example of Charged Lepton Flavor Violation (cLFV). While neutrino oscillations are examples of flavor violations for neutral leptons, no such LFV has been observed in charged leptons. The existence of neutrino oscillations leads to a Standard Model prediction of the rate for mu2e that is far smaller than current or foreseeable experimental limits. Consequently the observation of mu2e is a clean indication of new physics.

I will describe the motivation and the experimental approach.