Special Issue "Symmetries and Anomalies in Flavour Physics"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 174

Special Issue Editors

STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK
Interests: flavor physics; neutrinos; B-physics
Dr. Thomas Blake
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Guest Editor
Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Interests: experimental particle
Dr. Farvah Nazila Mahmoudi
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Guest Editor
Theoretical Physics Department, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
Interests: flavor physics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Flavour physics symmetries provide powerful tools to access new physics beyond the Standard Model. During the past decade, some measurements of B mesons decays have challenged lepton flavour universality (an accidental symmetry of the Standard Model), attracting significant attention as a result. A consistent pattern of anomalies seemed to emerge in neutral–current interactions, which could be explained in models with lepto-quarks or new neutral gauge-bosons. In addition, in charge–current interactions, semileptonic B decays involving τ leptons in the final state favoured larger rates than those that assume lepton flavour universality.

The field has seen quite a dramatic turn recently. New experimental results have been published that are in surprisingly good agreement with the Standard Model, supporting lepton flavour universality. However, tensions continue to exist, which have profound implications for model building and for the discovery potential of current and future experiments.

This Special Issue aims to provide an updated picture of the flavour landscape. We are seeking contributions on the status of flavour anomalies, from an experimental and a theoretical point of view.

Dr. Stefania Ricciardi
Dr. Thomas Blake
Dr. Farvah Nazila Mahmoudi
Guest Editors

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  • flavor physics
  • physics beyond the standard model
  • anomalies
  • lepton flavor universality
  • lepto-quarks
  • Z’

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