CAREER: Higher-Order Calculations for Precision and New Physics Studies at the Large Hadron Collider
Wackeroth, Doreen Principal Investigator
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This project will improve theoretical predictions within the SM and its supersymmetric extensions. These improvements are necessary in order to fully exploit the potential of the LHC to unravel the origin of symmetry breaking and mass generation, and to search for and disentangle signals of new physics, such as SUSY. The project involves the calculation of higher order effects in quantum field theory (radiative corrections), and the incorporation of these into Monte-Carlo simulations of LHC processes, involving the Higgs and electroweak gauge sector, the top quark, and SUSY particles. The education and outreach component of this project consists of three parts: Firstly, a permanent, interactive physics exhibition will be established, which will integrate Art with Science, to engage the general public in a dialog about physics in an inspiring and non-intimidating setting. High-school students and their teachers, both scientific and artistic oriented, will be actively involved in the construction of new exhibition displays. Secondly, 'Peer Instruction' will be implemented in introductory college physics courses, and its effectiveness will be measured. Finally, undergraduate students will be provided with an opportunity to experience and contribute to particle physics research, allowing them to acquire skills applicable to areas within and beyond the scope of particle physics.