Heavy Flavour Results and Prospects at LHCb

Gaia Lanfranchi (Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati)
Buildg. 2a / Sem.R. 2, 17.00h

The LHCb experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is looking for signatures of New Physics through precision measurements of processes involving B mesons and other hadrons containing b or c quarks. In particular, rare processes that are suppressed in the Standard Model may have a high sensitivity to possible contributions from New Physics.
By studying the effect of virtual particles in internal loops, LHCb extends the discovery potential for new heavy particles at the LHC to masses far beyond those accessible in direct searches.
The first LHC physics run started on March 30th, 2010 at a reduced center-of-mass energy of sqrt{2} = 7 TeV with respect to the nominal one (sqrt{s} = 14 TeV). Approximately ~40 pb-1 of data have been collected between April and November 2010 by LHCb with a peak luminosity exceeding 2 x 1032 cm-2 s-1. More than 1 fb-1 of integrated luminosity is expected by the end of 2011.
The data collected in the forthcoming 2011-2012 years will allow LHCb to become one of the most important actors in the flavour physics sector.
In my talk, I will present selected early physics results, and describe the short-term and long-term physics program.

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