## Abstract

By the end of the year 2011, both the CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recorded around 5 inverse femtobarns of data at an energy of 7 TeV. There are only vague hints from the already analysed data towards new physics at the TeV scale. However, one knows that around this scale, new physics should show up so that theoretical issues of the standard model of particle physics can be cured. During the last decades, extensions to the standard model that are supposed to solve its problems have been constructed, and the corresponding phenomenology has been worked out. As soon as new physics is discovered, one has to deal with the problem of determining the nature of the underlying model. A first hint is of course given by the mass spectrum and quantum numbers such as electric and colour charges of the new particles. However, there are two popular model classes, supersymmetric models and extradimensional models, which can exhibit almost equal properties at the accessible energy range. Both introduce partners to the standard model particles with the same charges and thus one needs an extended discrimination method. From the origin of these partners arises a relevant
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## Citation Formats

Edelhaeuser, Lisa.
Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders.
Germany: N. p.,
2012.
Web.

Edelhaeuser, Lisa.
Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders.
Germany.

Edelhaeuser, Lisa.
2012.
"Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders."
Germany.

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title = {Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders}

author = {Edelhaeuser, Lisa}

abstractNote = {By the end of the year 2011, both the CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recorded around 5 inverse femtobarns of data at an energy of 7 TeV. There are only vague hints from the already analysed data towards new physics at the TeV scale. However, one knows that around this scale, new physics should show up so that theoretical issues of the standard model of particle physics can be cured. During the last decades, extensions to the standard model that are supposed to solve its problems have been constructed, and the corresponding phenomenology has been worked out. As soon as new physics is discovered, one has to deal with the problem of determining the nature of the underlying model. A first hint is of course given by the mass spectrum and quantum numbers such as electric and colour charges of the new particles. However, there are two popular model classes, supersymmetric models and extradimensional models, which can exhibit almost equal properties at the accessible energy range. Both introduce partners to the standard model particles with the same charges and thus one needs an extended discrimination method. From the origin of these partners arises a relevant difference: The partners constructed in extradimensional models have the same spin as their standard model partners while in Supersymmetry they differ by spin 1/2. These different spins have an impact on the phenomenology of the two models. For example, one can exploit the fact that the total cross sections are affected, but this requires a very good knowledge of the couplings and masses involved. Another approach uses angular distributions depending on the particle spins. A prevailing method based on this idea uses the invariant mass distribution of the visible particles in decay chains. One can relate these distributions to the spin of the particle mediating the decay since it reflects itself in the highest power of the invariant mass s{sub ff} of the adjacent particles. In this thesis we first study the influence of higher than dimension 4 operators on spin determination in such decay chains. We write down the relevant dimension 5 and 6 operators and calculate their contributions to the invariant mass distribution. We discuss how they affect the determination of spin and couplings. We then address two scenarios which do not involve decay chains in the usual sense. In three body decays, the method pointed out above cannot be applied since it can only be used if the mediating particle is produced on-shell. For off-shell decays, which are important e.g. in split-Supersymmetry or split-Universal Extra Dimensions, the narrow width approximation cannot be made which previously led to the simple relation between spin and the highest power of s{sub ff}. We work out a strategy for these three body decays that can distinguish between the different spin scenarios. The method relies on the fact that the differential decay width d{Gamma}/ds{sub ff} can be rewritten in this limit as a global phase space function and a polynomial in s{sub ff}. The coefficients in this polynomial are functions of masses and couplings and we show that they have distinct signs or ratios depending on the spins involved in the decay. We test the strategy in a series of Monte Carlo studies and discuss the influence of the intermediate particle's mass. In the last part we consider a topology with very short decay chains. Again one cannot use the relation between spin and invariant mass. We investigate one variable that has been invented for the discrimination of Supersymmetry and Universal Extra Dimensions in the high energy limit which reduces the problem to the underlying production process. We show how this variable can also be used in new physics scenarios where the high energy limit is not a viable approximation. We include all possible spin scenarios with renormalizable interactions and study in detail the influence of the involved masses and couplings on the discrimination power of this variable. We find for example that the scenario containing the supersymmetric case is well distinguishable from most other spin scenarios.}

place = {Germany}

year = {2012}

month = {Apr}

}

title = {Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders}

author = {Edelhaeuser, Lisa}

abstractNote = {By the end of the year 2011, both the CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recorded around 5 inverse femtobarns of data at an energy of 7 TeV. There are only vague hints from the already analysed data towards new physics at the TeV scale. However, one knows that around this scale, new physics should show up so that theoretical issues of the standard model of particle physics can be cured. During the last decades, extensions to the standard model that are supposed to solve its problems have been constructed, and the corresponding phenomenology has been worked out. As soon as new physics is discovered, one has to deal with the problem of determining the nature of the underlying model. A first hint is of course given by the mass spectrum and quantum numbers such as electric and colour charges of the new particles. However, there are two popular model classes, supersymmetric models and extradimensional models, which can exhibit almost equal properties at the accessible energy range. Both introduce partners to the standard model particles with the same charges and thus one needs an extended discrimination method. From the origin of these partners arises a relevant difference: The partners constructed in extradimensional models have the same spin as their standard model partners while in Supersymmetry they differ by spin 1/2. These different spins have an impact on the phenomenology of the two models. For example, one can exploit the fact that the total cross sections are affected, but this requires a very good knowledge of the couplings and masses involved. Another approach uses angular distributions depending on the particle spins. A prevailing method based on this idea uses the invariant mass distribution of the visible particles in decay chains. One can relate these distributions to the spin of the particle mediating the decay since it reflects itself in the highest power of the invariant mass s{sub ff} of the adjacent particles. In this thesis we first study the influence of higher than dimension 4 operators on spin determination in such decay chains. We write down the relevant dimension 5 and 6 operators and calculate their contributions to the invariant mass distribution. We discuss how they affect the determination of spin and couplings. We then address two scenarios which do not involve decay chains in the usual sense. In three body decays, the method pointed out above cannot be applied since it can only be used if the mediating particle is produced on-shell. For off-shell decays, which are important e.g. in split-Supersymmetry or split-Universal Extra Dimensions, the narrow width approximation cannot be made which previously led to the simple relation between spin and the highest power of s{sub ff}. We work out a strategy for these three body decays that can distinguish between the different spin scenarios. The method relies on the fact that the differential decay width d{Gamma}/ds{sub ff} can be rewritten in this limit as a global phase space function and a polynomial in s{sub ff}. The coefficients in this polynomial are functions of masses and couplings and we show that they have distinct signs or ratios depending on the spins involved in the decay. We test the strategy in a series of Monte Carlo studies and discuss the influence of the intermediate particle's mass. In the last part we consider a topology with very short decay chains. Again one cannot use the relation between spin and invariant mass. We investigate one variable that has been invented for the discrimination of Supersymmetry and Universal Extra Dimensions in the high energy limit which reduces the problem to the underlying production process. We show how this variable can also be used in new physics scenarios where the high energy limit is not a viable approximation. We include all possible spin scenarios with renormalizable interactions and study in detail the influence of the involved masses and couplings on the discrimination power of this variable. We find for example that the scenario containing the supersymmetric case is well distinguishable from most other spin scenarios.}

place = {Germany}

year = {2012}

month = {Apr}

}