1. General Seminars

The Belle II experiment at SuperKEKB

by Benjamin Oberhof (LNF)

Aula Salvini (LNF)

Aula Salvini


Via Enrico Fermi, 40 00044 Frascati (Roma)

The Belle II experiment follows the path defined by the Belle and BaBar experiments, both of which started taking data about 20 years ago at the B-factories KEKB (Tsukuba, Japan) and PEP-II (SLAC, USA), respectively. Until now all measurements performed at B-factories are in agreement with the Standard Model; nowadays, however, there is compelling evidence for New Physics beyond the Standard Model from various sources. For this reason KEK has decided to upgrade the existing KEKB accelerator to deliver a 40 times higher peak luminosity which will allow to record a data sample 50 times larger with respect to its predecessor Belle. With such a data set, Belle II will be able to measure the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix with unprecedented precision and explore flavor physics in the beauty, charm and tau sectors.

Belle II has also a unique capability, thanks to a new specialized trigger, to search for low-mass New Physics candidates. The Belle II experiment has recently started its data taking at the Upsilon(4S) resonance, and has recorded a data sample of about 6/fb of e+e- collisions. In this seminar, we will review the Belle II detector, the results of the first run and the physics prospects.