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A search for H -> WW using a matrix element discriminant and a WW cross section measurement at ATLAS

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One of the main motivating factors for the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was the search for the Higgs boson, postulated to explain the origin of fundamental gauge boson masses. This thesis presents the results of the first search for the Higgs boson at the LHC, using 35 pb^−1 of proton-proton collision data with a centre of mass energy of 7 TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment throughout 2010.

The search is performed in the H -> WW channel, since the branching r...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
ATLAS
Oxford college:
Jesus College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Particle Physics

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:d75dcc58-063d-48ec-9ea9-e5c2e60ec9c9
Local pid:
ora:5966
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English
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