Why are there
three generations? What mechanisms underlie the pattern of
quark masses, mixing angles, and CP violation? The B
meson's relatively large mass, yet long lifetime, gives it
a special role in unraveling these mysteries, as well as
many other aspects of flavor physics and physics beyond
the Standard Model. Recently, B mesons have begun to be
produced copiously at both e+e- and hadron colliders,
leading to the establishment of CP violation in B decays,
and a wealth of additional results. The 2002 SLAC Summer
Institute will review the basic physics, the rapid recent
progress, and the exciting future prospects for studies of
B mesons, charmed particles and kaons, which complement
each other very nicely.
The 30th SLAC Summer Institute was held in the Panofsky Auditorium at the Stanford
Linear Accelerator Center from August 5 - 16, 2002.
The Institute began with seven days of pedagogical
lectures designed for beginning post-doctoral
experimentalists and theorists and advanced graduate
students. It concluded with a three day Topical
Conference. The daily schedule consisted of lectures
each morning and study and discussion sessions every
afternoon. Social activities and student poster sessions
were planned for the evenings, and there was a tour to
Lick Observatory mid-Institute.
The SLAC Summer Institute is hosted by Stanford
University and co-sponsored by the US Department of Energy
and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. SLAC is
located west of the Stanford Campus and approximately 33
miles south of San Francisco.
proceedings is available from the eConf Proceedings