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Paper Explainer: Cornering Natural SUSY at LHC Run II and Beyond

27 Oct 2016, 00:11 UTC
Paper Explainer: Cornering Natural SUSY at LHC Run II and Beyond
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This is a blog post on my most recent paper, written with my fellow Rutgers professor David Shih, a Rutgers NHETC postdoc Angelo Monteux, and two Rutgers theory grad students: David Feld (my student) and Sebastian Macaluso (David’s student). It was a pretty big project, as the large (for a theory paper) author list indicates, and in fact the end result was split into two papers for publication, with the 2nd paper coming along shortly. This summer, the two multipurpose LHC experiments (ATLAS and CMS) released a number of their early results from the newest data collection run (“Run II”). The biggest news was of course that they did not see the famed diphoton bump that we theorists had been collectively losing our minds over since the previous December. However, the 2nd biggest news was that they didn’t find anything else either. As I’ll explain, we have long expected to discover something at the LHC, and not finding anything yet is obviously not good news. This lack of discovery only heightened the sense in certain quarters that there was nothing to find: that the LHC was going to find the Higgs boson and nothing else. There’s been a not insignificant ...

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