"Search for the Higgs at the LHC in the Channel H->WW->lvjj"

Joey Goodell , University of Virginia
[Host: Chris Neu]
A search for the Higgs boson of the Standard Model through the H->WW->lvjj decay channel from p-p collisions at sqrt(7) TeV will be described. The data were collected with the CMS detector at the LHC in 2011 in a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity totaling 4.6 fb^-1. Two simple techniques have been studied so far; the expected limit as a function of the Higgs mass in the range 250-600 GeV will be compared to the reference results of CMS from the 2011 data sample. Further, I will describe data-driven background models for W+jets and QCD multijet production and a multivariate Higgs signal extraction technique we are developing; these will be deployed in the 2012 search in this channel. I will conclude by talking about the future of the CMS physics program in the High-Luminosity LHC era, including preliminary tests of a new radiation-hard GaAs avalanche photo-detector.
High Energy Physics Seminar
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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