Latest ATLAS Results on SUSY Electoweak Production

When: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Géraldine Conti
Organization: Harvard University
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

During the last decades, the predictions of the Standard Model (SM) describing the fundamental particles and their interactions have successfully passed stringent tests performed in various particle physics experiments. Despite its success, the SM fails to address several open questions such as why there is such a large difference between the electroweak and the Planck scales, whether the forces unify or what the nature of dark matter is. Different types of models “Beyond the SM” have emerged to try to address these. Among them, supersymmetry (SUSY) has received extensive theoretical and experimental attention as it can address these open questions in an elegant and natural way. SUSY is being put seriously to test with run 1 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that collected 21 fb-1 of data at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. In this talk, I will review the latest SUSY results from the ATLAS experiment. In light of these, I will focus on electroweak production and e xplain why it could be the most promising path to SUSY.

Host: Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto