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Elisabetta Pianori (CERN) "Unveiliing the Origin of Particles' Mass: Higgs Boson Coupling Measurements at the LHC"
March 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Although the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics is a very successful theory, it fails to explain the origin of particles’ mass. If the Higgs mechanism, developed in the 60s as a solution to this puzzle, is the correct theory of Nature, a new fundamental particle, the Higgs boson, must exist. In 2012, at the LHC, a particle consistent with the Higgs boson was discovered. The theory prescribes the strength of the Higgs boson interaction with SM particles, but physics beyond the Standard Model could modify it. In this talk I will present the evidence of direct couplings of the Higgs boson to fermions and compare them with the predictions. I will also discuss the ATLAS+CMS combined measurement of the Higgs boson production and decay rates, and how they constrains the Higgs boson’s couplings to SM particles and the existence of new physics.