RAFAEL SILVA COUTINHO

PARTICLE PHYSICIST

ABOUT ME

I had an early fascination for particle physics, in particular by the puzzling unbalance between matter-antimatter observed in the Universe. From qualitative to quantitative approaches, I have been using the data collected by the LHCb Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider to search for new signatures that could explain this phenomenon. 

Finding new extensions of our theoretical understanding of particle physics is also remarkable and a key feature of my current work. I study processes that can be affected by new particles or forces yet to be seen, which are starting to show some glimpse of it. 

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RESEARCH

Unlocking the flavourful road to New Physics

MATTER-ANTIMATTER ASYMMETRY

Experimental evidence suggests that matter dominates the Universe whilst no appreciable primordial anti-matter is observed. Some of the conditions to explain this phenomenon has been seen in the laboratory, but the effect is too small to explain the imbalance observed in the Universe. With the unprecedented dataset provided by the LHCb detector, my research centres in searching for new experimental insights in this puzzle.

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