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Using the Higgs to Search for New Physics
July 28, 20152:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Using the Higgs to Search for New Physics


Anthony Barker (Rutgers University)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

The discovery of the Higgs boson is the most celebrated achievement of the LHC thus far. This new particle has become an important tool for new physics searches, especially supersymmetry. The standard model Higgs is typically produced alone, with no accompanying particles. Additional particles produced in association with a Higgs could provide a clear sign of new physics. The Higg’s decay to two photons provides a powerful and versatile exploration tool, producing both a clean environment and an excellent background determination method. The two-photon decay is sufficiently clean to largely compensate for the rarity of the decay, but it can also be combined with other searches for added sensitivity. I will discuss associated Higgs production searches for super-partners to the top quark and Higgsinos from one of the extant natural supersymmetry models.

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