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Using the Higgs as a Direct Probe of New Physics

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The discovery of the Higgs boson marks the first direct probe into the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking. All evidence currently points to the fact that electroweak symmetry is broken by at least one fundamental scalar, and naturalness remains the most compelling reason to expect additional degrees of freedom at the weak scale. This talk will describe some ideas for how to utilize powerful and proven experimental techniques, in conjunction with the fact that observables directly related to the Higgs boson are now experimentally accessible, to make concrete statements about the existence of possible new degrees of freedom at the weak scale.