Kinematic Distributions and Higgs Decay – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Kinematic Distributions and Higgs Decay

Ivan Jane

Ivan Jane

Pronouns: he/him/his

Research Mentor(s): James Wells, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Physics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 5 (3pm-3:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 15
Presenter: 7

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The use of relativistic kinematics to study individual elementary particles is critical in understanding what specific motions and processes take place in experimental settings at high-energy particle physics accelerators. The purpose of this research project is to analyze the relativistic kinematics present at the Large Hadron Collider for different particles and better understand the mechanics of such targets while they are being influenced by special relativistic effects. Moreover, we investigate two-body decay events of the Higgs boson particle and how this may play a role in laboratory settings. Using kinematic distributions with Python software to vary certain parameters, such as incident angles or mass, we can understand how this may affect the energies of particular particles, for example. We hope to use these methods to understand Higgs decay to various particles and investigate how various factors may influence these events. This study helps to interpret how the effects of relativity play a role in Higgs decay and the motions of elementary particles so that one may be able to predict behaviors that would take place in the lab. We hope to find consistent behaviors of these particles in regards to the special theory of relativity and better understand what is taking place during Higgs decay and at the Large Hadron Collider.

Authors: James Wells, Ivan Jane
Research Method: Computer Programming

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