4-8 July 2016
Kramer Law building
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
The Proceedings of SAIP2016 published on 24 December 2017
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The search for the Dark Vector Boson via the Higgs Portal

Presented by Prof. Simon CONNELL on 8 Jul 2016 from 14:40 to 15:00
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Track B - Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics


The Standard Model (SM) is known to be incomplete. The introduction of a Dark Sector via an additional <i>U(1)<sub>D</sub></i> gauge symmetry added to the SM Lagrangian provides a mechanism to introduce much needed new physics without perturbing the already excellent agreement between the SM theoretical description and the Electroweak Precision Observables (EWPO) experimental constraints. The model has a dark vector boson <i>Z<sub>d</sub></i> which can mix with the hypercharge gauge boson with the coupling ε. This opens the Hypercharge Portal which can mediate the fluctuation of a <i>Z</i> to a <i>Z<sub>d</sub></i>, or the decay of the Z<sub>d</sub> to SM leptons. If a dark Higgs singlet <i>s</i> also exists, this then breaks the <i>U(1)<sub>D</sub></i>, opening the Higgs portal and also allowing for Higgs mass mixing between the SM and dark sectors, described by the Higgs mass mixing parameter, k. Including dark fermionic fields in the Lagrangian allows for long-lived cold Dark Matter candidates. The various connections between the Dark and SM sectors allow descriptions of many key astro-physical phenomena. The Model is therefore a fascinating candidate for new physics beyond the SM. It becomes crucial to search for experimental signatures of this model. This contribution discusses a search for the dark force boson <i>Z<sub>d</sub></i> using its production via the Higgs Portal and its decay back to SM leptons: <i>H → h<sub>d</sub>→ Z<sub>d</sub>Z<sub>d</sub> → 4l</i>. The results from ATLAS Run 1 and the further development of the search for Run 2 are presented.










Location: Kramer Law building
Address: UCT Middle Campus Cape Town
Room: LT3

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