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The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics offers the most complete quantum description of the known universe to date, however is unable to address some still unanswered questions. Supersymmetry (SUSY) is a theory which proposes partner particles for all SM particles and offers explanations for many of these questions. Many SUSY searches performed rely on signatures of high missing transverse energy due to a heavy SUSY particle escaping the detector, however these searches have not yet yielded positive results and therefore new search strategies must be employed. In this analysis, a search for new physics is performed at the CERN LHC which targets signatures of SUSY. Specifically, a search for Stealth SUSY is performed, based on a sample of proton-proton collisions at √s = 8 TeV corresponding to 19.7 fb⁻¹ of integrated luminosity collected with the CMS detector in 2012. Stealth SUSY is a unique brand of SUSY which conserves R-Parity and naturally produces a low amount of missing transverse energy. The search strategy utilized is sen- sitive to a wide variety of new physics models including compressed spectra and long decay chains. The Stealth SUSY final state topology considered in this analysis consists of two photons, many jets and low missing transverse energy. The results of this data-driven search for new physics are reported, and good agreement is observed with the background expectation. The data are thus used to determine limits on squark/gaugino masses in the Stealth SUSY framework.
CMS, High Energy Physics, LHC, Particles, Stealth SUSY, Supersymmetry
Date of Defense
April 3, 2015.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Physics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Andrew Askew, Professor Directing Thesis; P. Bryant Chase, University Representative; Todd Adams, Committee Member; Joseph Owens, Committee Member; Vladimir Dobrosavljevic, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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