16-18 October 2017
America/Chicago timezone

Digging Deeper for New Physics in the LHC Data

16 Oct 2017, 11:30
One West (WH1W) (Fermilab)

One West (WH1W)


New methods & tools


Dr Angelo Monteux (UC Irvine)


We describe a novel, model-independent technique of "rectangular aggregations" for mining the LHC data for hints of new physics. A typical (CMS) search now has hundreds of signal regions, which can obscure potentially interesting anomalies. Applying our technique to the two CMS jets+MET SUSY searches, we identify a set of previously overlooked ∼3σ excesses. Among these, four excesses survive tests of inter- and intra-search compatibility, and two are especially interesting: they are largely overlapping between the CMS jets+MET searches and are characterized by low jet multiplicity, zero b-jets, and low MET and HT. We find a simplified model that provides an excellent fit to these two excesses and discuss all additional constraints. Based on these results, we believe the wide-spread view that the LHC data contains no interesting excesses is greatly exaggerated.

Presentation Talk given in person

Primary authors

Dr Angelo Monteux (UC Irvine) David Shih (Rutgers University) Matthew Buckley (Rutgers University) Anthony DiFranzo (Rutgers University) Mr Pouya Asadi

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