A visit from the Italian Ambassador to Japan at KEK

July 1, 2015

The Italian Ambassador in Tokyo, H.E. Domenico Giorgi, visited the KEK laboratory on Tuesday, June 23, and met with Director General Prof. Masanori Yamauchi. After the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding between INFN and KEK was signed for the construction of the Belle II detector, which will be installed on the SuperKEKB accelerator.

H.E. Giorgi said, "The agreement signed between INFN and KEK demonstrates that there is lively scientific cooperative activity going on between Italy and Japan and significantly increases its value. The Embassy will continue its actions to promote the currently existing collaboration of Italian research institutions as well as to support other cooperative opportunities that exist in this Country, in the fields of science, technology and industrial innovation."

The experiment is devoted to the exploration of the elusive signals that the yet undiscovered particles beyond the standard model may leave in the decays of heavy flavor particles such as B and D mesons, and the tau lepton. For this purpose the SuperKEKB accelerator plans to reach unprecedented luminosity (more than a factor 40 over what its predecessors have achieved) and provide the largest sample ever of heavy flavor particles to be analyzed.

A vibrant international collaboration of about 600 scientists spread over 23 countries, led by Prof. Tom Browder from the University of Hawaii, is building the upgraded Belle II detector and preparing all the tools needed to explore this uncharted territory. Roughly 60 Italian scientists from 9 different Universities and INFN branches, coordinated by Dr. Giuseppe Finocchiaro from the Frascati National Laboratories, participate in the Belle II experiment providing important expertise and contributing to the detector construction.

Dr. Finocchiaro underlines, "The Italian groups contribute to the construction of three key elements in the experiment, which are necessary, respectively, to precisely measure where the particles decay, to identify which type of particles pass through the detector, and to measure their energy. Last but not least, Italy provides a remarkable contribution to the computing capacity needed to analyze the enormous amount of data that Belle II will collect."

"The signature of this MoU, that complements the collaborative agreement signed in 2013, fully defines the Italian contribution to the Belle II construction and reinforces the INFN participation in this outstanding scientific endeavor", say Prof. Francesco Forti, from the University of Pisa, the INFN representative and chair of the Belle II Executive Board.

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