Physics of the B Meson

January 20, 2017

Muruges Duraisamy, Department of Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics, even though very successful, is expected to break down at some energy scale and make way for a more complete theory. Exploration of what lies beyond the SM can be carried out at the energy frontier in colliders such as the LHC or at the intensity frontier at high luminosity experiments. In the intensity frontier, the B factories, BaBar and Belle, have produced an enormous quantity of data in the last decade. There is still a lot of data to be analyzed from both experiments. The B factories have firmly established the CKM mechanism as the leading order contributor to CP violating phenomena in the flavor sector involving quarks. New physics (NP) effects can add to the leading order term producing deviations from the SM predictions. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of the physics of B meson and CP violation, and discuss some of the current experimental results in various B meson decays.