Department of Physics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

(g-2) of the muon: where theory and experiment challenge one another

Speaker : B. Ananthanarayan (CHEP, IISc Bangalore)


Abstract :

The muon is a heavy cousin of the electron and has a gyromagnetic ratio of 2 in the classical limit, which was predicted by Dirac. In QED it receives an anomalous magnetic moment which was computed by Julian Schwinger at leading order. Today, in QED it is evaluated to very high loop order, and also receives corrections from virtual processes in the vacuum as dictated by the laws of quantum field theory, which have to be evaluated in a variety of ways. It is also measured at high precision today at Fermilab, whose recent results confirm the value measured at Brookhaven about 20 years ago. More data is being gathered to lower the uncertainty. The theoretical value which is known at high precision deviates from the experimental measurement at several standard deviations. The quantity is also measured on the lattice with larger errors. In this talk we will review these developments and also speak about our own results that have played an important role in lowering the uncertainties in the theoretical hadronic vacuum polarization contributions.

Biographical Note:

B. Ananthanarayan is Professor and former Chair of the Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras (1985) he obtained his Masters (1988) and Ph. D. (1991) from the University of Delaware in physics. He is an author of over a 100 refereed publications in international journals in elementary particle physics and field theory, and held the MSIL Chair of the Div. of Physical and Mathematical Physics, IISc (2015-18) and serves on the board of Springer Publications and was Associate Editor of Current Science. He is a student of the last 5 year B. Tech batch and is nostalgic for his alma mater and is honoured to be able to speak here.

Key Speaker B. Ananthanarayan (CHEP, IISc Bangalore)
Guests None
Place Online
Start Time 5:00 PM
Finish Time 6:00 PM
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