Session 4 Links, Materials, Assignment
Beyond the Standard Model at the Large Hadron Collider
July 22, 2020
7pm - 9pm Eastern time
Learning objectives: In this lecture, we will discuss how physicists use the LHC to search for evidence of new physics. We will briefly talk about prospects for future colliders after the LHC.
Homework assignment (due July 22):
- Look up a recent CMS or ATLAS result that you find interesting. Make a one-slide summary to share in breakout groups next week.
- What was the goal of this analysis and why is it significant? Is this a search for new physics or a precision measurement of a predicted Standard Model result?
- What particles were used in the analysis? Does the summary describe the methods or challenges of this analysis?
- What is the result?
- Read Gizmodo article about the importance of "finding nothing": https://gizmodo.com/the-scientists-who-look-for-nothing-to-understand-every-1796309514
- Fill out the weekly course survey (link sent via email). Note that this step is required every week in order to self-report the number of hours spent so we can give you professional development credit. Please give me any feedback that would help make this course useful for you!
The homework should take approximately one hour to complete.
- General overview of the CMS detector:
- Undiscovered particles the LHC is looking for:
- Case study: the 760 GeV di-photon resonance
First sighting: https://gizmodo.com/the-lhcs-seen-an-intriguing-glimpse-of-what-could-be-a-1748284918
Data analysis and statistics: https://gizmodo.com/don-t-get-too-excited-yet-about-the-lhc-s-hint-of-a-new-1748318180
Results after more data: https://gizmodo.com/its-official-the-lhc-didnt-find-a-new-particle-1784845439
- European Strategy Update (what should we do after the LHC?):
- Starting point to learn more about future colliders being discussed:
- New world record for accelerator magnets (article from July 13, 2020)