Physics at Virginia

Direct decays of proposed heavy force mediator particles to standard model leptons
have been largely excluded by past LHC searches, challenging theorists to explore more complex
decay chains. We begin our search with a framework model of a Leptophobic Z' cascading to a
pair anomalons, new Beyond the Standard Model fermions. These heavy intermediate particles decay in turn to neutral standard model bosons and a stable anomalon, which appears in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector as missing transverse momentum (pT-miss). From a model independent point of view, this topology creates an interesting structure with a resonantly produced particle cascading to a final state with 2 missing particles, with each level of the cascade including new particles with unknown masses. To turn this into a bump hunt for the resonant particle, we employ Recursive Jigsaw Reconstruction (RJR), a rule-based methodology to systematically reduce degrees of freedom, allowing for the calculation of mass estimators at each level of our decay chain. RJR is an example of how analysis tools are evolving to be sensitive to the most well-hidden of new physics, and the detectors are doing the same. I will also give an overview of the Phase I upgrade to the CMS Hadronic Calorimeter.

High Energy Physics Seminar
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:00 PM
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