Department of Physics, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Host: Ben Kilminster
Explaining the observed hierarchies among elementary particle masses represent one of the most interesting open problems in particle physics. After a brief introduction to this problem, and to the field of flavour physics, I will focus the attention to a series of recent results in B-meson decays which seem to indicate a coherent pattern of deviations from the Standard Model predictions. I review these hints, addressing theoretical uncertainties and possible New Physics interpretations. Possible connections with direct searches of physics beyond the Standard Model at the high-energy frontier will also be briefly addressed.