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