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Improving Mass Measurements Using Many-Body Phase Space



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Abstract

After the 7 and 8 TeV LHC runs, we have no conclusive evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model, leading us to suspect that even if new physics is discovered during run II, the number of signal events may be limited, making it crucial to optimize measurements for the case of low statistics. I will argue that phase space correlations between subsequent on-shell decays in a cascade contain additional information compared to commonly used kinematic variables, and this can be used to significantly improve the precision and accuracy of mass measurements. The improvement is connected to the properties of the volume element of many-body phase space, and is particularly relevant to the case of low signal statistics.