In this talk, Professor Lazzeroni will review the concept and discovery of antimatter, as well how the matter-antimatter imbalance in the Universe is investigated experimentally.
Cristina Lazzeroni grew up in Lucca, a small walled town in Tuscany, where a schoolteacher told her she would ‘never be good at science’. Today, far from the confines of Lucca’s historic ramparts, she leads the UK teams on two CERN experiments that could reveal new physics beyond the Standard Model, and unlock some of the remaining mysteries of the Universe. After finishing her PhD in Particle Physics at the University of Pisa, Italy, she left Italy for the UK, taking up her first post-doctoral position at Edinburgh. After two years working on an antimatter experiment, she moved to Cambridge. During her seven years there, Cristina was awarded a Royal Society University Fellowship, which in 2007 she brought with her to a faculty position Birmingham.