LHCb is a specialised experiment designed to study particles known as b quarks. By making extremely precise measurements and comparing them to theoretical predictions we hope to find places where our current understanding of particle physics breaks down.
Ultimately we are looking for answers to some of the biggest open questions in fundamental physics: why is the Universe made of matter and not antimatter? Are there new particles or forces beyond the Standard Model?
I study subtle differences in behaviour between matter and antimatter in rare decays of B mesons (particles containing b quarks) and search for hints of new physics by measuring of the average lifetime of B mesons.