This series consists of talks in the areas of Particle Physics, High Energy Physics & Quantum Field Theory.
There is overwhelming evidence that non-baryonic dark
matter constitutes ~23% of the energy density of the universe. Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs)
are promising dark matter candidates that may produce gamma rays via
annihilation or decay detectable by the Fermi Large Area Telescope (Fermi
LAT). A detection of WIMPs would also
indicate the existence of physics beyond the Standard Model. I will present recent results from indirect
WIMP searches by the Fermi LAT Collaboration.
We study the implications at the LHC for a recent class
of non-custodial warped extra-dimensional models where the AdS_5 metric is
modified near the infrared brane. Such models allow for TeV Kaluza-Klein
excitations without conflict with electroweak precision tests. We discuss both
the production of electroweak and strong Kaluza-Klein gauge bosons. As we will
show, only signals involving the third generation of quarks seem to be feasible
in order to probe this scenario.
In this talk, I'll give a brief summary of how one-loop
renormalize both bulk and brane eﬀective interactions for geometries sourced by codimension-two
branes. I'll then discuss what these results imply for a six-dimensional
supergravity model which aims to capture the features that make extra-dimensional
physics attractive for understanding naturalness issues in particle physics.
I'll also emphasize the role that brane back-reaction plays in yielding
We analyze the
implications for Susy theories of a Higgs to di-photon rate enhanced, if
compared to the Standard Model prediction. We show how models predicting a
sizable enhancement have generically an electroweak vacuum that is not
absolutely stable. In particular we discuss the only viable scenario that can
predict sizable new physics effects in the di-photon rate in the framework of
the MSSM: a scenario with light and heavily mixed staus. We conclude with the
The LHC has made
remarkable progress in exploring the SM at new energies and demonstrating
remarkable agreement with theoretical predictions. In this talk I will
discuss one area where the SM does not fit as well as expected, and what could
be hints of new physics showing up in the electroweak sector.
Light third generation
superpartners are one way to avoid bounds on new physics from the early
LHC. We will review the theory and phenomenology of light stops and highlight a
particular UV model based a partially composite electroweak sector through
We present new results on the performance of jet substructure techniques
and their use in distinguishing the signatures of new boosted massive particles
from the QCD background. Advanced approaches to jet reconstruction using jet
grooming algorithms such as filtering, trimming, and pruning are compared.
Measurements of the jet invariant mass for each jet algorithm are compared both
at the particle level to multiple Monte Carlo event generators and at the
detector level for several configurations of the jet grooming algorithms.
With the discovery of a new Higgs-like particle at the LHC, there is an
unprecedented opportunity to use the Higgs as a probe for physics beyond the
Standard Model. I will discuss a variety of recent ideas to look for new
physics via the Higgs, including measurements of Higgs couplings and associated
indirect observables; searches for Higgs production in association with new
physics; and strategies for probing extended electroweak symmetry breaking