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Probing the Beyond the Standard Model Higgs Sector using the ATLAS Detector

Hamity, Guillermo Nicolas (2019) Probing the Beyond the Standard Model Higgs Sector using the ATLAS Detector. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

A Higgs boson with a measured mass of 125 GeV has been observed by both the ATLAS and CMS experiments and found to be compatible with the predictions from the Standard Model (SM). The now consolidated Higgs sector has become a topic of considerable study as a potential portal to new physics. Several models beyond the SM (BSM) exist with non-trivial Higgs sectors and predict the existence of additional Higgs bosons yet to be observed. One such type of model is the Two-Higgs-Doublet-Model (2HDM) which extends the SM Higgs sector in a minimal way, while another type which considers supersymmetry is the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). The implications of both models are considered in the thesis. This thesis presents two searches for additional Higgs bosons predicted by BSM models. One search is for heavy neutral Higgs bosons decaying to a pair of tau leptons. The second search is for charged Higgs bosons decaying to a tau lepton and a neutrino. No significant excess is observed in either analysis and regions of the parameter space of the MSSM are excluded. This thesis also presents a reinterpretation of the measurement of the 125 GeV Higgs boson cross-section in the context of the 2HDMs and MSSM. The measured 125 GeV Higgs boson cross-sections are found to be compatible with the predictions of the SM, and are used to constrain the 2HDM and MSSM parameter space. Results from the direct searches, in terms of model-independent cross-section limits, and the 125 GeV Higgs boson cross-section measurements are shown to provide complementary constraints on the MSSM parameter space.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Higgs BSM tau search ATLAS
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Physics and Astronomy (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.798102
Depositing User: Mr Guillermo Nicolas Hamity
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 11:19
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2020 10:53
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/25836

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