Schwartz said this greatly increases the likelihood of electrons colliding with positrons traveling at each other at nearly the speed of light.
Schwartz said SuperKEKB will be flattening the twin beams even more to just 60 nanometers, or less than 1% the diameter of a human hair. Likewise, the collider will generate more electrons and positrons to generate more collisions and more data.
The global pandemic has interrupted international travel for the UC physicists. But SuperKEKB has continued to run, and the Belle II experiment to accumulate data, thanks to members around the world taking turns around the clock to monitor its operation remotely. Kinoshita finished training to supervise one of these remote shifts.
“It is pretty intense. These experiments are incredibly complex. So many things can go wrong,” she said.
But Kinoshita has been preparing for this experiment her entire 38-year academic career. She has been working in experimental particle physics since 1982.
“It’s fun because it’s challenging. You know you’re working on things nobody has ever worked on before,” she said.