Search for Dark Matter Produced in Association with a Higgs Boson Decaying to Two Bottom Quarks at ATLAS

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Springer, Sep 29, 2016 - Science - 176 pages

This thesis reports on the search for dark matter in data taken with the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The identification of dark matter and the determination of its properties are among the highest priorities in elementary particle physics and cosmology. The most likely candidate, a weakly interacting massive particle, could be produced in the high energy proton-proton collisions at the LHC.

The analysis presented here is unique in looking for dark matter produced together with a Higgs boson that decays into its dominant decay mode, a pair of b quarks. If dark matter were seen in this mode, we would learn directly about the production mechanism because of the presence of the Higgs boson. This thesis develops the search technique and presents the most stringent production limit to date.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The Standard Model and Beyond
5
3 An Overview of Dark Matter
12
4 The ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider
25
5 Dark Matter Searches at ATLAS
40
Overview
49
Z2HDM Simplified Model
55
Physics Objects
66
Event Selection
85
Background Processes
98
Systematic Uncertainties
139
Results
156
13 Conclusion
175
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Yangyang Cheng was awarded the PhD degree by the University of Chicago in 2015, and is currently with the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, Cornell University. She was recipient of the University of Chicago Physics Department Chairman’s Award for Distinguished Service in June 2015.

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