The BTeV experiment is designed to challenge the Standard Model explanation
of CP violation, mixing and rare decays of beauty and charm quark states.
The Standard Model has been the baseline particle physics theory for several
decades and BTeV aims to find out what lies beyond the Standard Model.
In doing so, the BTeV results will also shed light on phenomena associated
with the early universe such as why the universe is made up of matter
and not anti-matter.
Collaboration is a group of about 170 physicists drawn from more than
30 universities and physics institutes from Belarussia, Canada, China,
Italy, Russia, and the United States of America. The BTeV experiment will
utilize the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider at the Fermi
National Accelerator Lab, located in the far west suburbs of Chicago,
Illinois in the USA. The experiment is still being developed; installation
is scheduled to start in 2006, followed by commissioning in 2008, and
data-taking in 2009.