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Title: Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers


This is the final report for the DOE grant "Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers" from Prof. Jesse Thaler at MIT.

  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
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Technical Report
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United States

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Thaler, Jesse. Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1361051.
Thaler, Jesse. Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers. United States. doi:10.2172/1361051.
Thaler, Jesse. Fri . "Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers". United States. doi:10.2172/1361051.
title = {Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers},
author = {Thaler, Jesse},
abstractNote = {This is the final report for the DOE grant "Boosting the Search for New Physics at the Frontiers" from Prof. Jesse Thaler at MIT.},
doi = {10.2172/1361051},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jun 02 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Jun 02 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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  • We present the results of a search for anomalous resonant production of tau lepton pairs with large invariant mass, the first such search using the CDF II Detector in Run II of the Tevatron p{bar p} collider. Such anomalous production could arise from various new physics processes. In a data sample corresponding to 195 pb{sup -1} of integrated luminosity we predict 2.8 {+-} 0.5 events from Standard Model background processes and observe 4. We use this result to set limits on the production of heavy scalar and vector particles decaying to tau lepton pairs.
  • With the running B, kaon and neutrino physics experiments, flavour physics takes centre stage within today's particle physics. We discuss the opportunities offered by these experiments in our search for new physics beyond the SM and discuss their complementarity to collider physics. We focus on rare B and kaon decays, highlighting specific observables in an exemplary mode. We also comment on the so-called B {yields} {pi}{pi} and B {yields} K{pi} puzzles. Moreover, we briefly discuss the restrictive role of long-distance strong interactions and some new tools such as QCD factorization and SCET to handle them.
  • DNV Renewables (USA) Inc. (DNV KEMA) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the curriculum for a series of short courses intended to address Topic Area 5 Workforce Development, one of the focus areas to achieve the goals outlined in 20% Wind by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy's Contribution to Electricity Supply. The aim of the curriculum development project was to provide material for instructors to use in a training program to help professionals transition into careers in wind energy. Under this grant DNV KEMA established a knowledge boosting program for the wind energy industry withmore » the following objectives: 1. Develop technical training curricula and teaching materials for six key topic areas that can be implemented in a flexible format by a knowledgeable instructor. The topic areas form a foundation that can be leveraged for subsequent, more detailed learning modules (not developed in this program). 2. Develop an implementation guidance document to accompany the curricula outlining key learning objectives, implementation methods, and guidance for utilizing the curricula. This curriculum is intended to provide experienced trainers course material that can be used to provide course participants with a basic background in wind energy and wind project development. The curriculum addresses all aspects of developing a wind project, that when implemented can be put to use immediately, making the participant an asset to U.S. wind industry employers. The curriculum is comprised of six short modules, together equivalent in level of content to a one-semester college-level course. The student who completes all six modules should be able to understand on a basic level what is required to develop a wind project, speak with a reasonable level of confidence about such topics as wind resource assessment, energy assessment, turbine technology and project economics, and contribute to the analysis and review of project information. The content of the curriculum is based on DNV KEMA's extensive experience in consulting and falls under six general topics: 1. Introduction to wind energy 2. Wind resource and energy assessment 3. Wind turbine systems and components 4. Wind turbine installation, integration, and operation 5. Feasibility studies 6. Project economics Each general topic (module) covers 10-15 sub-topics. Representatives from industry provided input on the design and content of the modules as they were developed. DNV KEMA developed guidance documents to accompany the training curricula and materials in order to facilitate usage of the curricula in a manner consistent with industries requirements. Internal and external pilot trainings using selections of the curriculum provided valuable feedback that was then used to modify and improve the material and make it more relevant to participants. The pilot trainings varied in their content and intensity, and each served as an opportunity for the trainers to better understand which techniques proved to be the most successful for accelerated learning. In addition, the varied length and content of the trainings, which were adjusted to suit the focus and budget for each particular situation, highlight the flexibility of the format. The material developed under this program focused primarily on onshore wind project development. The course material could be extended in the future to address the unique aspects of offshore project development.« less
  • This Fifth International WEIN Symposium is devoted to physics beyond the standard model. This talk is about tau lepton physics, but I begin with the question: do we know how to find new physics in the world of elementary particles? This question is interwoven with the various tau physics topics. These topics are: searching for unexpected tau decay modes; searching for additional tau decay mechanisms; radiative tau decays; tau decay modes of the W, B, and D; decay of the Z{sup 0} to tau pairs; searching for CP violation in tau decay; the tau neutrino, dreams and odd ideas inmore » tau physics; and tau research facilities in the next decades.« less
  • This dissertation reports on a precise measurement of the parity-violating asymmetry in electron-electron (Moeller) scattering at a four-momentum transfer Q{sup 2} = 0.03 (GeV/c){sup 2}. The observed parity-violating asymmetry is A{sub PV} = -128 {+-} 14 (stat.) {+-} 12 (syst.) x 10{sup -9}. This is the most precise asymmetry ever measured in a parity-violating electron scattering. In the context of the Standard Model, the A{sub PV} result determines the weak mixing angle, which is one of the fundamental parameters of the model. The result is sin{sup 2} {theta}{sub W}{sup eff} = 0.2403 {+-} 0.0014, which is consistent with the Standardmore » Model expectation at the current level of precision. The comparison between this measurement of the weak mixing angle at low Q{sup 2} and at the Z{sup 0} pole establishes the running of sin{sup 2} {theta}{sub W} with 6.5{sigma} significance. In addition, they report on the first observation of a transverse asymmetry in electron-electron scattering. The observed asymmetry is A{sub T}{sup Moeller} = 2.7 x 10{sup -6}, which is consistent with the theoretical predictions. They also provide a new measurement of the transverse asymmetry in ep scattering A{sub T}{sup ep} = 2 x 10{sup -6}. The consistency of the result with the theoretical prediction provides new limits on the TeV scale physics. A limit of 0.9 TeV was set on the mass of the extra Z' boson in the SO(10) Model. A limit of 14 TeV and 6 TeV was set on the compositeness scales {Lambda}{sub ee}{sup +} and {Lambda}{sub ee}{sup -}, respectively. Finally a limit of 0.2 TeV was set on ratio of the doubly-charged Higgs mass to the ee{Delta} coupling g{sub ee{Delta}}{sup 2}/m{sub {delta}}{sup 2}.« less