Title

Detecting Opposite-Sign Vector Boson Scattering in the ATLAS Detector

Presenter

Greg Holdman

Abstract

The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked a new era for particle physics by completing the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Now, after a two-year shutdown, the LHC has begun Run 2 at a higher energy ready to delve deeper into the Standard Model. Further measurements of the properties of the Higgs will solidify physicists’ understanding of this theory. Vector Boson Scattering (VBS) is one fundamental process that will provide that information. The current understanding of this interaction relies heavily on the Higgs boson. With the ATLAS group at Indiana University, I began a study that will help determine the cross-section, or likelihood, of VBS at the higher LHC energy. Comparing the results of this study with data from Run 2 will provide evidence for or against the Higgs’ role in VBS.

Faculty Sponsor

Moira Gresham

Sponsor Department/Programs

Physics

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Physical Science

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Detecting Opposite-Sign Vector Boson Scattering in the ATLAS Detector

Science 159

The 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked a new era for particle physics by completing the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Now, after a two-year shutdown, the LHC has begun Run 2 at a higher energy ready to delve deeper into the Standard Model. Further measurements of the properties of the Higgs will solidify physicists’ understanding of this theory. Vector Boson Scattering (VBS) is one fundamental process that will provide that information. The current understanding of this interaction relies heavily on the Higgs boson. With the ATLAS group at Indiana University, I began a study that will help determine the cross-section, or likelihood, of VBS at the higher LHC energy. Comparing the results of this study with data from Run 2 will provide evidence for or against the Higgs’ role in VBS.

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