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Beauty quarks behaving badly

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The Royal Society YouTube channel


This event is part of a series of lightning lectures for the Royal Society’s 2021 Summer Science digital showcase.

Galaxy and the night sky. Image credit: pixabay

It’s no secret that the universe is a vast space, made up of various fundamental particles, all of which help us to understand what the universe is, how it works and how it can change over time.

The Standard Model, a highly reliable, well-tested description of fundamental particles and their interactions, predicts that particles known as beauty quarks should decay in the final states involving either muons or electrons at equal rates.  

However, new research suggests this may not be happening and the reason why remains a mystery. 

Leading physicist, Dr Mitesh Patel joins us to explain the puzzling behaviour of the beauty quark and how these findings could point to the existence of new particles and forces of nature not yet known to science.


  • Dr Mitesh Patel, Reader in Particle Physics, Imperial College London

Attending this event online

  • The event will be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel on Thursday 8 July 2021 at 1pm BST
  • The event will also be available afterwards on our YouTube channel
  • This event is suitable for ages 14+
  • This event is free to join and there is no registration required
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • Part of Summer Science 2021
  • Share on social media using #SummerScience
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