Particle and Astro-Particle Physics Seminars

Positivity bounds on vector boson scattering

by Cen Zhang (CP3 Université catholique de Louvain)

4/3-006 - TH Conference Room (CERN)

4/3-006 - TH Conference Room


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Searching for deviations in quartic gauge boson couplings (QGCs) is one of the main goals of the electroweak program at the LHC. We consider positivity bounds adapted to the Standard Model EFT, and show that a set of positivity constraints on 18 anomalous QGC couplings can be derived, by requiring that the vector boson scattering amplitudes satisfy the fundamental principles of quantum field theory.  We solve the positivity inequalities and find that the allowed parameter space is carved out by the intersection of pyramids, prisms, and cones. Altogether, the allowed parameter space is reduced to ~2% of total. These bounds provide guidance to future BSM searches and could affect the limits on couplings by modifying the prior.