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High Energy Phenomenology, Experiment, and Cosmology Seminar Series artwork
December 7, 20232:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

A New Purpose for the W-mass Measurement: Searching for New Physics via Lepton+MET


Deepak Sathyan (University of Maryland)


Doojin Kim



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

Precision measurements of Standard Model (SM) parameters are valuable multipurpose probes for heavy new physics and check the consistency of the Standard Model. We propose a new purpose for precision SM measurements: constraining direct effects of new physics that can impact kinematic distributions used for measuring SM parameters. To illustrate this, we consider the W mass measurement, where new physics could contaminate the semi-invisible leptonic decay of the W, leading to modifications in the missing transverse momentum (MET) and kinematic distributions used for W mass extraction. We explore the three ways in which new physics can affect the measured sample: modifying W production and decay processes while resulting in the same lepton+MET final state, or producing lepton+MET final states without an on-shell W. We present new physics (NP) models for each scenario and showcase how NP parameters can be constrained by comparing the shapes of measured data of kinematic distributions to the polluted distributions incorporating NP effects.

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