"Hidden Sectors and New Signatures" by David Curtin (University of Maryland)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Special TEP Seminar

Guest Speaker: David Curtin (University of Maryland)

Talk Title:  “Hidden Sectors and New Signatures”


The fundamental reasons to expect physics beyond the Standard Model are more urgent than ever, making null results of searches at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and other experiments especially puzzling. This points us towards new theories for addressing these fundamental mysteries, and new experimental approaches for discovering them. I will discuss how theories of Hidden Sectors can realize Naturalness, Baryogenesis, or Dark Matter. My focus is the detailed phenomenology of Neutral Naturalness, which can solve the Hierarchy Problem while escaping current LHC constraints. Fortunately, these and other Hidden Sector scenarios are discoverable via dedicated collider searches for long-lived particles (LLPs), and cosmological or astrophysical observations. I outline the implications for future colliders, as well as our ongoing efforts to create a systematic LLP search program at the LHC in collaboration with ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experimentalists. Exploring this Lifetime Frontier also requires new detectors, and our proposed MATHUSLA experiment will boost the sensitivity of the HL-LHC by orders of magnitude. 

Event Attachments: 
4-330 PAB