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Discovering new physics in the first LHC data


The first results from the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN have very rapidly confirmed our current understanding of particle physics and thus built great confidence in the performance of the LHC experiments. A large amount of data will be accumulated until the fall of 2011 and analyzed during the scheduled shutdown in 2012. Any deviation from the theoretical predictions will then be interpreted as evidence of new physics and provide us with clues for the origin of mass, symmetry breaking or dark matter.

Interpreting the LHC data without theoretical prejudice and with the best theoretical tools is the aim of both the “Theory LHC France” and “West Coast LHC Theory” initiatives, headed by the outgoing researcher and his host. Despite very similar goals, the expertise available in both networks is highly complementary, so that both would clearly benefit from an extended collaboration. This is the objective of this proposal, whose core element is a one-year sabbatical stay of the outgoing researcher from Grenoble University near CERN at Stanford University in 2011-12. This will reinforce the outgoing researcher as a key theoretical partner of the LHC experimentalists in their quest for new physics.

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Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 206 380
Administrative Contact
Katharina Steinberg (Dr.)