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High Energy Seminar
The Search for the Higgs Boson Produced in Association with a Top Quark Pair
Date: Tuesday, October 30th
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin
Speaker: Kevin Lannon, University of Notre Dame
Abstract: With the recent observation at ATLAS and CMS of a new particle, consistent with the Standard Model Higgs, with a mass of 125 GeV, the focus of the Higgs search has turned to testing whether the properties of this new particle are consistent with Standard Model expectations. A critical element of this test is verifying that this new particle couples with the expected strengths to the known bosons and fermions. An interesting channel for testing fermion couplings is Higgs production in association with a top quark pair. This channel allows an explicit check of the couplings of the Higgs to the two most massive fermions, the top quark and the bottom quark. However, first, the analysis must overcome challenging backgrounds, in particular, involving top pair production. In this talk, I will present the status of the search for Higgs produced in association with top quarks at the CMS experiment.
Host: Matthew Herndon
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