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The Higgs quest - exploring electroweak symmetry breaking at the LHC

Objective

The main goal of the project is to provide excellent initial training to young researchers in the field of high energy particle physics, paving the road for new discoveries about the fundamental nature of the Universe at a time when new discoveries are expected, and when the new Standard Model of Particle Physics is going to be forged.

The research goal of HiggsTools is the investigation of electroweak symmetry breaking. This question lies at the very frontier of knowledge of theoretical particle physics and phenomenology and, in fact, the primary goal of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is to unveil the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking.

During the period of the network it is certain that the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking will be further decoded and that the theoretical ideas that date back to 1964 will either be confirmed or supplemented through the discovery of new additional particles that contribute to it. The experiments at the LHC have already made an impressive step forward in answering this question, by discovering a particle that is looking more and more like a Higgs boson.
It remains an open question, however, whether this is the Higgs boson of the Standard Model of particle physics, or possibly the lightest of several bosons predicted in some theories that go beyond the Standard Model. Finding the answer to this question will take time.
The outcome of the Higgs studies at the LHC will either carve our present understanding of electroweak interactions in stone or will be the beginning of a theoretical revolution.

We will therefore create a cohort of 21 early-stage researchers (ESR) who will all be in the network for the same 36 month period and therefore be able to obtain the full benefit from the training provided by the network. We request 500 person-months for early-stage researchers (ESR) in accordance with the rules of the People FP7 Programme. The remaining 256 person-months will be funded from local sources.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

Address

Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
Dh1 3le Durham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 873 367,88

Administrative Contact

Wendy Harle (Ms.)

Participants (9)

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ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 469 986,66

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 270 844,86

STIFTUNG DEUTSCHES ELEKTRONEN-SYNCHROTRON DESY

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 234 993,33

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 509 709,42

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 434 015,44

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 250 646,77

THE HENRYK NIEWODNICZANSKI INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS, POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 205 201,15

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 249 514,32

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 239 874,36

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 316704

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 738 154,19

  • EU contribution

    € 3 738 154,19

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom