Study of the Higgs boson production in association with a pair of top quarks in final states with tau leptons with the CMS experiment at the LHC

  • Verzetti, Mauro, (Administrative Promotor)

Project Details


The Standard Model of particle physics (SM) is like an artisan watch. Each part, albeit minuscule, has a pivotal role in the theory and no part is redundant. The last part of this model to be discovered has been the Higgs boson in 2012, after hunt lasted almost half a century. The Higgs boson is responsible of giving mass to the elementary particles, hence deciding which is stable and which is not. Even though the SM has shown exceptional precision in predicting and describing the phenomena we observe at high energies, it does not include gravity among the forces, it cannot explain why the universe is entirely made of matter and not anti-matter, wherever we look and other observations like dark matter.

This project aims at probing the validity of the Standard Model by looking at the interaction between the Higgs boson and the top quark, the heaviest known fundamental particle. A deviation from the expected value would be the smoking gun of the incompleteness of the SM and could lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe. The project exploits many techniques well established in the fields but also brings new ones, taken from other fields, like artificial intelligence.
Effective start/end date1/10/1731/12/19


  • higgs boson

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