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Oliver Buchmueller

August 1st

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August 1st at 2pm Oliver Buchmueller (Imperial College of London) Supersymmetry: post discovery of a new (Higgs?) boson. WH10 NW (West Wing)

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Guest: Oliver Buchmueller
Date: August 1st
Time: 2pm
Topic: Supersymmetry: post discovery of a new (Higgs?) boson.
Where: WH11 NE (Sunrise)


The standard model (SM) of elementary particles and their interactions has provided a remarkably accurate description of all experiments in particle physics. This has established our understanding of the physics of the very small up to energy scales of around 100 GeV. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was conceived to probe the physics of the next frontier, that of the TeV energy scale, and to provide a definitive statement on whether or not the Higgs boson exists. The most popular and by far best understood extension of the SM is the framework of supersymmetry (SUSY), a symmetry that relates each elementary particle to a super-partner whose spin differs by 1/2. Like in the SM, SUSY is built around a Higgs sector but provides possible solutions to several theoretical problems of the SM e.g. the hierarchy problem. If SUSY is realized at the TeV scale, the LHC should be able to detect the production of these super-partner particles in proton-proton collisions. In the first part of this talk I will present an overview of the recent spectacular results from the searches for a SM-like Higgs boson. The second part of the talk is devoted to a review of the searches for SUSY at the LHC and how the observation of a new (Higgs?) boson might impact the landscape of SUSY searches in the future.

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