The REDTOP Experiment: Rare Eta Decays with a TPC for Optical Photons

  • March 10, 2017, 4:00 pm
  • Corrado Gatto, INFN, Napoli
  • slides

The η meson is almost unique in the particle universe since it is a Goldstone boson and the dynamics of its decay are strongly constrained.  Because the eta has no charge, decays that violate conservation laws can occur without interfering with a corresponding current. The integrated eta meson samples collected in earlier experiments have been less than ~108 events, limiting considerably the search for such rare decays.  A new experiment, REDTOP, is being proposed to the scientific community with the intent of collecting more than 1013 triggers/year for studies of rare η decays.  Such statistics are sufficient for investigating several symmetry violations, and for searches for new particles beyond the Standard Model.  The physics program, the accelerator systems and the detector for REDTOP will be discussed during the talk.