This series consists of talks in the areas of Particle Physics, High Energy Physics & Quantum Field Theory.
Moduli fields with Planck suppressed couplings to light species are ubiquitous in string theory and supersymmetry. These scalar fields are expected to dominate the energy budget in the early universe. Their out-of-equilibrium decays can produce dark matter and baryons. Dark matter generated in this non-thermal manner typically has large annihilation rates that are strongly constrained by indirect detection. The resulting bounds on superpartner masses offer dim prospects for collider discovery of supersymmetry.
A new experiment called PTOLEMY (Princeton Tritium Observatory for Light, Early-Universe, Massive-Neutrino Yield) is under development at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory with the goal of challenging one of the most fundamental predictions of the Big Bang – the present-day existence of relic neutrinos produced less than one second after the Big Bang.
An overview of the latest Higgs physics results from the ATLAS collaboration will be presented. Next year, the Large Hadron collider will restart at a higher collision energy after a 2-year shutdown. The Higgs physics programme for this next data taking period will be discussed.
In the next few years, Advanced LIGO will be the first experiment to detect gravitational waves. Through superradiance of stellar black holes, it may also be the first experiment to discover the QCD axion with decay constant around or above the GUT scale. When an axion's Compton wavelength is comparable to the size of a black hole, the axion binds to the black hole, forming a "gravitational atom". Due to superradiance, the number of axions occupying the bound levels grows exponentially, extracting energy and angular momentum from the black hole.
I will review applications of the muon as a probe for new phenomena. Topics to be discussed include the free muon decay and the determination of the Fermi constant; the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon; and searches for lepton flavor violation such as mu->e+gamma, mu->3e, and the muon-electron conversion, with special emphasis on the modification of the muon decay by the atomic binding.
With the remarkable performance of the ATLAS and CMS detectors, jets at the LHC can now be characterized not just by their overall direction and energy but also by their substructure. At the same time, there has been substantial progress in predicting the properties of jets from first principles. In this talk, I highlight the ways that theoretical studies of jet substructure have enhanced our understanding of QCD, including examples that blur the boundary between perturbative and nonperturbative physics.
The holographic RG of Anti-De Sitter gives a powerful clue about the underlying AdS/CFT correspondence. The question is whether similar hints can be found for the heretofore elusive holographic dual of De Sitter. The framework of stochastic inflation uses nonperturbative insight to tame bad behavior in the perturbation series of a massless scalar in DS at late times. Remarkably, this fully quantum system loses phase information in the leading approximation, but retains a probabilistic character and allows for a controlled prediction of late time Green's functions.