Special HEP Seminar-Jack Bradmiller-Feld-UCSB

Fri, Dec 9, 2016, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Jadwin 303
TITLE: An Inclusive and Generic Search for Supersymmetry in the Multijet + Missing Momentum Final State Performed on pp Collision Data Collected with the CMS Detector ABSTRACT: For the past two years, the LHC has collided protons at a record-high center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. This time has provided an opportunity to search for beyond standard model particles at the TeV scale, including those predicted by supersymmetry, with unprecedented sensitivity. I will briefly discuss some of the upgrades performed in preparation for the latest LHC runs, then present an overview of a generic search for strongly-produced supersymmetric particles in pp collisions in the multijet + missing transverse momentum final state. The data sample corresponds to 12.9 fb-1 recorded by the CMS experiment in 2016. I will review the theoretical and experimental motivation for this search, then describe some of the central challenges of the analysis. Finally, I will summarize the results, and look ahead to possible directions for this and similar searches in the coming years.