Higgs Boson Decaying to Two Photons in CMS

When: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Jan Veverka
Organization: MIT
Sponsor: HEP Seminar

The Higgs boson was the last missing elementary particle of the Standard Model when the Large Hadron Collider started colliding protons in 2010. The search for its elusive existence has been the main topic of the experimental program at the collider.

In July 2012, the CMS and Atlas collaborations independently announced the evidence for a newly observed particle whose properties match the sought-for Higgs boson. Its decay to two photons constitutes an important signature of its presence and played a key role in the discovery.

I will review the CMS di-photon Higgs search and its results including the particle’s properties and future prospects.

Host: Assistant Professor Toyoko Orimoto