Physics at Virginia

"Searching for Supersymmetry at the LHC"

Daniel Elvira , Fermi National Accelerator Lab
[Host: Brad Cox]
Supersymmetry is a theory build under the hypothesis that there is a relation between bosons and fermions. The particle physics community finds it very compelling because it provides a solution to the mass hierarchy problem, allows a percent level unification of gauge couplings, and predicts a particle candidate for dark matter. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the best instrument with count with at the moment to search for supersymmetric particles. It has delivered proton-proton collisions at a center of mass energy of 7 TeV since 2010. The CMS and ATLAS experiments at the LHC are expected to collect 4-5 fb-1 of data before the end of 2011 and explore a very significant fraction of the phase space associated with the most simple supersymmetric models. This talk will go over the experimental strategy for SUSY searches at the LHC, explain the techniques to evaluate the main backgrounds to potential SUSY signals, and review the most recent results.
Friday, November 18, 2011
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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