What is the BaBar Experiment?

The BaBar Experiment is operated by a collaboration of about 400 members from 76 institutions in 12 countries. It currently consists primarily of physicists engaged in analysis of the unique data samples collected by the BaBar Experiment from 1999-2008. The experiment, an electron-positron collider and a 3-story subatomic particle detector, yielded huge data samples containing matter made from 5 of the 6 quarks and all 6 leptons. These large samples allow for precision tests of the predictions of both the Standard Model and models of new physics; we search for confirmation of or deviation from these predictions, with the aim of obtaining a great understanding of the laws of nature.

Opportunities at SMU

The SMU BaBar group formed in 2009 and is led by Principal Investigator Prof. Stephen Sekula. The unprecedented data samples available from the BaBar Experiment offer the chance to make high-precision measurements and take to task the Standard Model as well as models of new physics. If you have an interest in bottom, charm, tau, or other physics, in searching for low-mass dark matter and dark gauge bosons, or an interest in novel uses of huge samples of subatomic particles, the SMU BaBar group offers you the chance to do leading research in the field.