During 2011 the LHCb experiment at CERN collected 1.0 fb−1 of √s = 7 TeV pp collisions. Due to the large heavy quark production cross-sections, these data provide unprecedented samples of heavy flavoured hadrons. The first results from LHCb have made a significant impact on the flavour physics landscape and have definitively proved the concept of a dedicated experiment in the forwardregion at a hadron collider. This document discusses the implications of these first measurements on classes of extensions to the Standard Model, bearing in mind the interplay with the results of searches for on-shell production of new particles at ATLAS and CMS. The physics potential of an upgrade to the LHCb detector, which would allow an order of magnitude more data to be collected, is emphasised.
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The work of A. Datta was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF PHY-1068052. D.M. Straub was supported by the EU ITN “Unification in the LHC Era”, contract PITN-GA-2009-237920 (UNILHC). We thank D. Gorbunov for useful comments.
The LHCb Collaboration expresses its gratitude to its colleagues in the CERN accelerator departments for the excellent performance of the LHC. LHCb thanks the technical and administrative staff at the LHCb institutes, and acknowledges support from CERN and from the national agencies: CAPES, CNPq, FAPERJ and FINEP (Brazil); NSFC (China); CNRS/IN2P3 and Region Auvergne (France); BMBF, DFG, HGF and MPG (Germany); SFI (Ireland); INFN (Italy); FOM and NWO (The Netherlands); SCSR (Poland); ANCS/IFA (Romania); MinES, Rosatom, RFBR and NRC “Kurchatov Institute” (Russia); MinECo, XuntaGal and GENCAT (Spain); SNSF and SER (Switzerland); NAS Ukraine (Ukraine); STFC (United Kingdom); NSF (USA). LHCb also acknowledges the support received from the ERC under FP7. The Tier1 computing centres are supported by IN2P3 (France), KIT and BMBF (Germany), INFN (Italy), NWO and SURF (The Netherlands), PIC (Spain), GridPP (United Kingdom). LHCb is thankful for the computing resources put at its disposal by Yandex LLC (Russia), as well as to the communities behind the multiple open source software packages that are depended upon.
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