The HiggsTools Handbook: Concepts and observables for deciphering the Nature of the Higgs Sector

27 Nov 2017  ·  Boggia M. Freiburg U., Cruz-Martinez J. M. Durham U., IPPP, Frellesvig Hjalte KIT-TTP, Glover E. W. N. Durham U., IPPP, Gomez-Ambrosio Raquel Durham U., IPPP, Gonella Giulia Freiburg U., Haddad Y. Durham U., IPPP, Ilnicka Agnieszka Zurich U., ETH and PSI Villigen, Jones S. P. MPI Munich, Kassabov Z. Milano U., INFN, Krauss F. Durham U., IPPP, Megy T. Freiburg U., Melini D. IFIC Valencia, Granada U., Napoletano D. Durham U., IPPP, Passarino G. Turin U., INFN, Patel S. KIT-ITP, KIT-IKP, Rodriguez-Vazquez M. CNRS Paris, Wolf T. NIKHEF ·

This Report summarizes some of the activities of the HiggsTools Initial Training Network working group in the period 2015-2017. The main goal of this working group was to produce a document discussing various aspects of state-of-the-art Higgs physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in a pedagogic manner... The first part of the Report is devoted to a description of phenomenological searches for New Physics at the LHC. As the experimental measurements become more and more precise, there is a pressing need for a consistent framework in which deviations from the SM predictions can be computed precisely. We critically review the use of the \k{appa}-framework, fiducial and simplified template cross sections, effective field theories, pseudo-observables and phenomenological Lagrangians. In the second part of the Report, we propose $\varphi_{\eta}^*$ as a new and complementary observable for studying Higgs boson production at large transverse momentum in the case where the Higgs boson decays to two photons. We make a detailed study of the phenomenology of the $\varphi_{\eta}^*$ variable, contrasting the behaviour with the Higgs transverse momentum distribution using a variety of theoretical tools including event generators and fixed order perturbative computations. read more

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