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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.


The BTeV 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.


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