Discovering New Physics in Scattering Angles at the LHC

Since the Higgs, the LHC has offered no discoveries despite a sweeping hunt for new resonances. However, many well-motivated new physics models would not turn up in resonance searches, but could instead be uncovered in existing and forthcoming LHC data, by searching for novel angular distributions of Standard Model particles. I will show that in the upcoming years at the LHC, (1) through radiative corrections, dark matter can turn up in dilepton scattering angles in the parametric regions where it would elude conventional missing energy-based searches; the scattering patterns can reveal dark matter's mass, self-conjugation property, spin, and chirality of interactions, (2) through tree level interference, leptoquarks may emerge in dilepton scattering angles long before they would in dedicated direct searches; these angular measurements would also overtake the excellent sensitivities of low-energy precision measurements of atomic parity violation, and (3) Higgs Yukawa couplings to light quarks of the size of the bottom Yukawa could be measured using the Higgstrahlung scattering angle.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 13:00 to 14:30
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