Guenther Dissertori

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High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (8)
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The measurement of hard scattering processes, meaning those with energy scales of more than a few GeV, is the main method by which physics is being explored and extended by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. We review the principal measurements made so far, and what they have told us about physics at the energy frontier. Read More

Composite Higgs models provide a natural, non-supersymmetric solution to the hierarchy problem. In these models, one or more sets of heavy top-partners are typically introduced. Some of these new quarks can be relatively light, with a mass of a few hundred GeV, and could be observed with the early LHC collision data expected to be collected during 2010. Read More

In this review I sketch the basic criteria and boundary conditions which have guided the design of the LHC detectors. The discussion will concentrate on the so-called general-purpose experiments, ATLAS and CMS. After an overview of the detector's characteristics and performance, I will elaborate on the expected measurements of hard processes, with emphasis on jet and vector boson production, i. Read More

The Tevatron experiments have recently excluded a Standard Model Higgs boson in the mass range 160 - 170 GeV at the 95% confidence level. This result is based on sophisticated analyses designed to maximize the ratio of signal and background cross-sections. In this paper we study the production of a Higgs boson of mass 160 GeV in the gg -> H -> WW -> l nu l nu channel. Read More

The discovery of a Standard Model Higgs boson is possible when experimental cuts are applied which increase the ratio of signal and background cross-sections. In this paper we study the pp->H->WW signal cross-section at the LHC which requires a selection of Higgs bosons with small transverse momentum. We compare predictions for the efficiency of the experimental cuts from a NNLO QCD calculation, a calculation of the resummation of logarithms in the transverse momentum of the Higgs boson at NNLL, and the event generator MC@NLO. Read More

We present a first computation of the NNLO QCD cross section at the LHC for the production of four leptons from a Higgs boson decaying into W bosons. We study the cross section for a Higgs boson mass Mh = 165 GeV; around this value a Standard Model Higgs boson decays almost exclusively into W-pairs. We apply all nominal experimental cuts on the final state leptons and the associated jet activity and study the magnitude of higher-order effects up to NNLO on all kinematic variables which are constrained by experimental cuts. Read More

We study a phenomenological ansatz for merging next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) calculations with Monte Carlo event generators. We reweight them to match bin-integrated NNLO differential distributions. To test this procedure, we study the Higgs boson production cross-section at the LHC, for which a fully differential partonic NNLO calculation is available. Read More

Starting in two years from now, particle physics will enter a new regime in terms of energies and luminosities, thanks to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This report summarizes the status of the preparations, both for the machine and the detectors, as of fall 2005. The commissioning and start-up scenarios are outlined and some highlights from the very rich physics programme are given, concentrating on measurements of Standard Model processes, as well as on early discovery scenarios. Read More

We study predictions from perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) for the process pp -> H -> gamma gamma + X. In particular, we compare fully differential calculations at next-to-leading (NLO) and next-to-next-to-leading order (NNLO) in the strong coupling constant to the results obtained with the MC@NLO Monte Carlo (MC) generator, which combines QCD matrix elements at NLO with a parton shower algorithm. Estimates for the systematic uncertainties in the various predictions due to the choice of the renormalization scale and the parton distribution functions are given for the inclusive and accepted cross sections and for the corresponding acceptance corrections, obtained after applying standard selection and acceptance cuts. Read More