The Helmut W. Baer Lecture

The Helmut W. Baer Lecture  is a special colloquium supported by  family and friends in honor of Dr. Helmut Baer. Dr. Baer's career in physics began with his work at the University of Michigan where he was awarded a doctorate in nuclear physics in 1967. He published over 100 articles that cover a range of physics topics including nuclear physics and pion interactions. Dr. Baer was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in March of 1989, and to his delight enjoyed countless opportunities over the years to talk about physics at universities and conferences internationally. Dr. Baer set the highest personal standards for himself and his research. This lecture is held approximately every two years.

The 2011 Helmut W. Baer Lecture in Physics
November 9, 2011

David W. Hertzog
Professor of Physics
University of Washington

November 9, 2011
4:00 PM

340 West Hall

Professor Hertzog's lecture is titled, Precision Muon Physics: Capturing a Moment in a Lifetime.

Lecture Abstract:
Low-energy, precision measurements are important to establish the parameters of the Standard Model and to test various predictions in the quest for new physics signatures. I will discuss two of our experiments that were recently completed. Both involve the muon lifetime, leading to the Fermi Constant at sub-ppm precision and the nucleon weak pseudoscalar coupling constant gP, determined in an unambiguous manner for the first time. Future plans include the approved Fermilab-based next-generation muon anomalous magnetic moment measurement, which follows on the effort that has provided one of the strongest hints of physics beyond the Standard Model today.

To learn more about Professor David W. Hertzog, please click here.

Previous lectures in this series:

2004: Dr. Steve Lamoreaux, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2006: Professor Arthur B. McDonald, Physics Department, Queen's University
2008: Professor John P. Schiffer, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago