High Energy Phenomenology Seminar: "Thinking outside the beamspot: Searching for long-lived particles at the LHC"
(sign-up)Jamie Antonelli, Ohio State University
|Event Contact:||Becky McDuffee
Abstract: New particles at the TeV scale are either absent, produced very rarely, or very good at hiding. The most exciting and experimentally interesting of these scenarios is the latter, namely that new particles are being copiously produced at the LHC and we’re just looking in the wrong place. For example, new particles with macroscopic decay lengths could easily avoid detection by searches using conventional techniques. In this talk, I’ll give an overview of the program of dedicated searches for long-lived particles at the LHC. After motivating this type of search, I’ll discuss the experimental handles available to conduct these searches, potential backgrounds and their mitigation, and useful directions for future developments
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