Aug 5 – 10, 2019
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto Canada
America/Toronto timezone

Variational Autoencoders for New Physics Mining at the Large Hadron Collider

Aug 8, 2019, 9:00 AM
Parallel Session talk Accelerators, Detectors and Computing for HEP Detectors/Accelerators/Computing (Parallel)


Olmo Cerri (California Institute of Technology (US))


Using deep autoencoders trained on known physics processes, we develop a one-side p-value test to isolate previously unseen event topologies as outlier events. Since the autoencoder training does not depend on any specific new physics signature, the proposed procedure has a weak dependence on underlying assumptions about the nature of new physics. Such a strategy can be exploited to extend the sensitivity of the LHC to new physics. We provide two practical examples: a trigger application that selects otherwise lost anomalous events, stored for visual inspection and to guide future searches; a technique to turn each LHC search to final states including jets into a model-independent and data-driven search for new physics. These studies and future applications of autoencoders to high energy physics will contribute to the robustness of the LHC physics program and could be extended easily beyond collider physics.

Primary authors

Jean-Roch Vlimant (California Institute of Technology (US)) Kinga Anna Wozniak (University of Vienna (AT)) Maria Spiropulu (California Institute of Technology (US)) Maurizio Pierini (CERN) Olmo Cerri (California Institute of Technology (US)) Thong Nguyen (California Institute of Technology (US))

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