Discovery and Measurement of the Higgs Boson in the WW Decay Channel

  • DavidĀ Hall

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. David Hall
    Pages 15-27
  3. David Hall
    Pages 29-40
  4. David Hall
    Pages 71-85
  5. David Hall
    Pages 87-104
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    Pages 105-128
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    Pages 129-144
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 159-160

About this book

Introduction

This thesis describes the stand-alone discovery and measurement of the Higgs boson in its decays to two W bosons using the Run-I ATLAS dataset. This is the most precise measurement of gluon-fusion Higgs boson production, and is among the most significant results attained at the LHC. The thesis provides an exceptionally clear exposition on a complicated analysis performed by a large team of researchers. Aspects of the analysis performed by the author are explained in detail; these include new methods for evaluating uncertainties on the jet binning used in the analysis, and for estimating the background due to associated production of a W boson and an off-shell photon. The thesis also describes a measurement of the WW cross section, an essential background to Higgs boson production. The primary motivation of the LHC was to prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs boson. In 2012, CERN announced this discovery and the resultant ATLAS publication contained three decay channels: gg, ZZ, and WW.

Keywords

Diboson measurement Gluon fusion Higgs production Higgs boson discovery in WW channel Jet binning Jet veto Monte Carlo uncertainties in Higgs analysis WW cross section measurement

Authors and affiliations

  • DavidĀ Hall
    • 1
  1. 1.Denys Wilkinson BuildingUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19989-4
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-19988-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-19989-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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