The science behind LHCb

Located in a vast underground cavern, 100 metres beneath the French countryside, LHCb is one of four large experiments based at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. The experiment has started recording the particles produced by collisions from the first circulating Large Hadron Collider (LHC) beams on September 10th, 2008, and continues it data taking till the end of the last run period of the (upgraded) LHC in approximately 2040. LHCb is operated by the LHCb collaboration involving about 1700 scientists and technicians from 100 institutions in 22 countries around the world. Find out more about the LHCb experiment in the detector section.

The following subpages provide an introduction into the main ideas behind the physics studied at the LHCb experiment.