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The Super-GUT CMSSM Revisited
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208907
We revisit minimal supersymmetric SU(5) grand unification (GUT) models in which the soft supersymmetry-breaking parameters of the minimal supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) are universal at some input scale, $M_{in}$, above the supersymmetric gauge coupling unification scale, $M_{GUT}$. As in the constrained MSSM (CMSSM), we assume that the scalar masses and gaugino masses have common values, $m_0$ and $m_{1/2}$ respectively, at $M_{in}$, as do the trilinear soft supersymmetry-breaking parameters $A_0$. Going beyond previous studies of such a super-GUT CMSSM scenario, we explore the constraints imposed by the lower limit on the proton lifetime and the LHC measurement of the Higgs mass, $m_h$. We find regions of $m_0$, $m_{1/2}$, $A_0$ and the parameters of the SU(5) superpotential that are compatible with these and other phenomenological constraints such as the density of cold dark matter, which we assume to be provided by the lightest neutralino. Typically, these allowed regions appear for $m_0$ and $m_{1/2}$ in the multi-TeV region, for suitable values of the unknown SU(5) GUT-scale phases and superpotential couplings, and with the ratio of supersymmetric Higgs vacuum expectation values $\tan \beta \lesssim 6$.Ellis, JohnEvans, Jason LMustafayev, AzarNagata, NatsumiOlive, Keith AFri, 19 Aug 2016 06:23:44 GMT18 Aug 2016arXiv:1608.05370http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208907['arXiv:1608.05370']arXiv:1608.05370Two-loop scale-invariant scalar potential and quantum effective operators
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208904
Spontaneous breaking of quantum scale invariance may provide a solution to the hierarchy and cosmological constant problems. In a scale-invariant regularization, we compute the two-loop potential of a higgs-like scalar $\phi$ in theories in which scale symmetry is broken only spontaneously by the dilaton ($\sigma$). Its vev $\langle\sigma\rangle$ generates the DR subtraction scale ($\mu\sim\langle\sigma\rangle$), which avoids the explicit scale symmetry breaking by traditional regularizations (where $\mu$=fixed scale). The two-loop potential contains effective operators of non-polynomial nature as well as new corrections, beyond those obtained with explicit breaking ($\mu$=fixed scale). These operators have the form: $\phi^6/\sigma^2$, $\phi^8/\sigma^4$, etc, which generate an infinite series of higher dimensional polynomial operators upon expansion about $\langle\sigma\rangle\gg \langle\phi\rangle$, where such hierarchy is arranged by {\it one} initial, classical tuning. These operators emerge at the quantum level from evanescent interactions ($\propto\epsilon$) between $\sigma$ and $\phi$ that vanish in $d=4$ but are demanded by classical scale invariance in $d=4-2\epsilon$. The Callan-Symanzik equation of the two-loop potential is respected and the two-loop beta functions of the couplings differ from those of the same theory regularized with $\mu=$fixed scale. Therefore the running of the couplings enables one to distinguish between spontaneous and explicit scale symmetry breaking.Ghilencea, D MLalak, ZOlszewski, PFri, 19 Aug 2016 06:23:44 GMT18 Aug 2016arXiv:1608.05336http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208904['arXiv:1608.05336']arXiv:1608.05336Chiral Heterotic Strings with Positive Cosmological Constant
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208448
We present explicit examples of semi-realistic heterotic models with spontaneously broken supersymmetry, which dynamically lead to breaking scales much smaller than $M_{\rm Planck}$ and exponentially small positive values for the cosmological constant. Contrary to field theoretic intuition, we find that the global structure of the effective potential is significantly affected by contributions of massive and non-level matched string states and we investigate the conditions that dynamically ensure a number of desired properties.Florakis, IoannisRizos, JohnWed, 17 Aug 2016 07:57:48 GMT16 Aug 2016arXiv:1608.04582http://cds.cern.ch/record/2208448['arXiv:1608.04582']arXiv:1608.04582On gravitational and thermal corrections to vacuum decay
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2206654
We reconsider gravitational corrections to vacuum decay, confirming and simplifying earlier results and extending them allowing for a non-minimal coupling of the Higgs to gravity, finding that leading-order gravitational corrections suppress the vacuum decay rate. Furthermore, we find minor corrections to thermal vacuum decay in the SM adding one-loop corrections to the Higgs kinetic term, two-loop corrections to the Higgs potential and allowing for time-dependent bounces.Salvio, AlbertoStrumia, AlessandroTetradis, NikolaosUrbano, AlfredoWed, 10 Aug 2016 07:19:21 GMT08 Aug 2016arXiv:1608.02555http://cds.cern.ch/record/2206654['arXiv:1608.02555']arXiv:1608.02555Monte Carlo simulations of Higgs-boson production at the LHC with the KrkNLO method
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2201359
We present numerical tests and predictions of the KrkNLO method for matching of NLO QCD corrections to hard processes with LO parton shower Monte Carlo generators. This method was described in detail in our previous publications, where its advantages over other approaches, such as MCatNLO and POWHEG, were pointed out. Here we concentrate on presenting some numerical results (cross sections and distributions) for $Z/\gamma^*$ (Drell-Yan) and Higgs-boson production processes at the LHC. The Drell--Yan process is used mainly to validate the KrkNLO implementation in the Herwig 7 program with respect to the previous implementation in Sherpa. We also show predictions for this process with the new, complete, MC-scheme parton distribution functions and compare them with our previously published results. Then, we present the first results of the KrkNLO method for the Higgs production in gluon--gluon fusion at the LHC and compare them with the predictions of other programs, such as MCFM, MCatNLO, POWHEG and HNNLO, as well as with experimental data from the ATLAS collaboration.Jadach, SNail, GPlaczek, WSapeta, SSiodmok, ASkrzypek, MMon, 25 Jul 2016 05:42:34 GMT22 Jul 2016arXiv:1607.06799http://cds.cern.ch/record/2201359['arXiv:1607.06799']arXiv:1607.06799Renormalization-group flow of the effective action of cosmological large-scale structures
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2198863
Following an approach of Matarrese and Pietroni, we derive the functional renormalization group (RG) flow of the effective action of cosmological large-scale structures. Perturbative solutions of this RG flow equation are shown to be consistent with standard cosmological perturbation theory. Non-perturbative approximate solutions can be obtained by truncating the a priori infinite set of possible effective actions to a finite subspace. Using for the truncated effective action a form dictated by dissipative fluid dynamics, we derive RG flow equations for the scale dependence of the effective viscosity and sound velocity of non-interacting dark matter, and we solve them numerically. Physically, the effective viscosity and sound velocity account for the interactions of long-wavelength fluctuations with the spectrum of smaller-scale perturbations. We find that the RG flow exhibits an attractor behaviour in the IR that significantly reduces the dependence of the effective viscosity and sound velocity on the input values at the UV scale. This allows for a self-contained computation of matter and velocity power spectra for which the sensitivity to UV modes is under control.Floerchinger, StefanGarny, MathiasTetradis, NikolaosWiedemann, Urs AchimThu, 14 Jul 2016 06:53:55 GMT12 Jul 2016arXiv:1607.03453http://cds.cern.ch/record/2198863['arXiv:1607.03453']arXiv:1607.03453Fundamental partial compositeness
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2197098
We construct renormalizable Standard Model extensions, valid up to the Planck scale, that give a composite Higgs from a new fundamental strong force acting on fermions and scalars. Yukawa interactions of these particles with Standard Model fermions realize the partial compositeness scenario. Successful models exist because gauge quantum numbers of Standard Model fermions admit a minimal enough 'square root'. Furthermore, right-handed SM fermions have an SU(2)$_R$-like structure, yielding a custodially-protected composite Higgs. Baryon and lepton numbers arise accidentally. Standard Model fermions acquire mass at tree level, while the Higgs potential and flavor violations are generated by quantum corrections. We further discuss accidental symmetries and other dynamical features stemming from the new strongly interacting scalars. If the same phenomenology can be obtained from models without our elementary scalars, they would reappear as composite states.Sannino, FrancescoStrumia, AlessandroTesi, AndreaVigiani, ElenaThu, 07 Jul 2016 08:28:49 GMT06 Jul 2016arXiv:1607.01659http://cds.cern.ch/record/2197098['arXiv:1607.01659']arXiv:1607.01659Bounds on supersymmetric effective operators from heavy diphoton searches
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2161346
We examine the lower bounds on supersymmetric effective operators from heavy diphoton resonance (X) searches at the LHC. From all operators of dimensions d=5 and d=6 beyond the MSSM Higgs sector, an effective operator of d=6 is identified as the unique, leading operator that contributes significantly to diphoton production, possibly in conflict with experimental data. The resonance X is identified with the neutral CP-even (odd) H (A) or both (mass degenerate). Both the $b\bar b$ and $gg$ production mechanisms of H and A contribute significantly. We discuss the allowed values of the scale $\Lambda$ of the effective operator that depend on the measured diphoton cross section and mass $m_X$. $\Lambda$ is also restricted by the current bounds on $h\gamma\gamma$ and $h gg$ couplings of the SM-like higgs ($h$) and on partial decay rate $R_{b\bar b}$ and $b\bar b$ searches. A d=5 operator may also be present in the higgs sector that does not affect the diphoton production but is dominant in relation to the d=6 operator and improves naturalness by increasing the SM-like higgs mass. Ways to generate both effective operators from microscopic (renormalizable) models are presented. These favour the presence of new, TeV-scale vector-like states and eventually a massive gauge singlet beyond MSSM spectrum.Ghilencea, D MLee, Hyun MinThu, 16 Jun 2016 06:33:37 GMT13 Jun 2016arXiv:1606.04131http://cds.cern.ch/record/2161346['arXiv:1606.04131']arXiv:1606.04131The Higgs of the Higgs and the diphoton channel
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2156480
LHC results do not confirm conventional natural solutions to the Higgs mass hierarchy problem, motivating alternative interpretations where a hierarchically small weak scale is generated from a dimension-less quantum dynamics. We propose weakly and strongly-coupled models where the field that breaks classical scale invariance giving mass to itself and to the Higgs is identified with a possible new resonance within the LHC reach. As an example, we identify such resonance with the 750 GeV diphoton excess recently reported by ATLAS and CMS. Such models can be extrapolated up to the Planck scale, provide Dark Matter candidates and eliminate the SM vacuum instability.Kannike, KristjanPelaggi, Giulio MariaSalvio, AlbertoStrumia, AlessandroMon, 30 May 2016 05:28:11 GMT27 May 2016arXiv:1605.08681http://cds.cern.ch/record/2156480['arXiv:1605.08681']arXiv:1605.08681QCD corrections to vector boson pair production in gluon fusion including interference effects with off-shell Higgs at the LHC
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153477
We compute next-to-leading order (NLO) QCD corrections to the production of two massive electroweak bosons in gluon fusion. We consider both the prompt production process $gg \to VV$ and the production mediated by an exchange of an s-channel Higgs boson, $gg \to H^* \to V V$. We include final states with both on- and off-shell vector bosons with leptonic decays. The gluonic production of vector bosons is a loop-induced process, including both massless and massive quarks in the loop. For $gg \to ZZ$ production, we obtain the NLO QCD corrections to the massive loops through an expansion around the heavy top limit. This approximation is valid below the top production threshold, giving a broad range of invariant masses between the Higgs production and the top production thresholds in which our results are valid. We explore the NLO QCD effects in $gg \to ZZ$ focusing, in particular, on the interference between prompt and Higgs-mediated processes. We find that the QCD corrections to the interference are large and similar in size to the corrections to both the signal and the background processes. At the same time, we observe that corrections to the interference change rapidly with the four-lepton invariant mass in the region around the ZZ production threshold. We also study the interference effects in $gg \to WW$ production where, due to technical limitations, we only consider contributions of massless loops. We find that the QCD corrections to the interference in this case are somewhat larger than those for either the signal or the background.Caola, FabrizioDowling, MatthewMelnikov, KirillRöntsch, RaoulTancredi, LorenzoTue, 17 May 2016 05:35:27 GMT15 May 2016arXiv:1605.04610http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153477['arXiv:1605.04610']arXiv:1605.04610Towards the compression of parton densities through machine learning algorithms
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153473
One of the most fascinating challenges in the context of parton density function (PDF) is the determination of the best combined PDF uncertainty from individual PDF sets. Since 2014 multiple methodologies have been developed to achieve this goal. In this proceedings we first summarize the strategy adopted by the PDF4LHC15 recommendation and then, we discuss about a new approach to Monte Carlo PDF compression based on clustering through machine learning algorithms.Carrazza, StefanoLatorre, José ITue, 17 May 2016 05:35:26 GMT13 May 2016arXiv:1605.04345http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153473['arXiv:1605.04345']arXiv:1605.04345Cosmology and Supergravity
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153435
Abdus Salam was a true master of 20th Century Theoretical Physics. Not only was he a pioneer of the Standard Model (for which he shared the Nobel Prize with S. Glashow and S.Weinberg), but he also (co)authored many other outstanding contributions to the field of Fundamental Interactions and their unification. In particular, he was a major contributor to the development of supersymmetric theories, where he also coined the word "Supersymmetry" (replacing the earlier "Supergauges" drawn from String Theory). He also introduced the basic concept of "Superspace" and the notion of "Goldstone Fermion"(Goldstino). These concepts proved instrumental for the exploration of the ultraviolet properties and for the study of spontaneously broken phases of super Yang-Mills theories and Supergravity. They continue to play a key role in current developments in Early-Universe Cosmology. In this contribution we review models of inflation based on Supergravity with spontaneously broken local supersymmetry, with emphasis on the role of nilpotent superfields to describe a de Sitter phase of our Universe.Ferrara, SKehagias, ASagnotti, ATue, 17 May 2016 05:34:06 GMT16 May 2016arXiv:1605.04791http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153435['arXiv:1605.04791']arXiv:1605.04791The ABC (in any D) of Logarithmic CFT
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153252
Logarithmic conformal field theories have a vast range of applications, from critical percolation to systems with quenched disorder. In this paper we thoroughly examine the structure of these theories based on their symmetry properties. Our analysis is model-independent and holds for any spacetime dimension. Our results include a determination of the general form of correlation functions and conformal block decompositions, clearing the path for future bootstrap applications. Several examples are discussed in detail, including logarithmic generalized free fields, holographic models, self-avoiding random walks and critical percolation.Hogervorst, MatthijsPaulos, MiguelVichi, AlessandroMon, 16 May 2016 06:16:53 GMT12 May 2016arXiv:1605.03959http://cds.cern.ch/record/2153252['arXiv:1605.03959']arXiv:1605.03959First complete study of hadroproduction of a $\Upsilon$ meson associated with a prompt $J/\psi$
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2152159
We present the first complete study of $\Upsilon$ and prompt $J/\psi$ production from single-parton scattering, including the complete $\mathcal{O}(\alpha_S^6)$ color-singlet contribution, the $\mathcal{O}(\alpha_S^2\alpha^2)$ electroweak contribution, the complete non-relativistic S-wave and P-wave color-octet contribution as well as the feeddown contribution. Our study motivated by the recent evidence reported by D0 collaboration of prompt $J/\psi$ and $\Upsilon$ simultaneous production at the Tevatron. With our complete evaluation, we are able to refine the determination of the double parton scattering contribution made by D0. We find that the effective cross section characterizing the importance of double-parton scatterings is $\sigma_{\rm eff}\le 8.2$ mb at $68\%$ confidence level from D0 measurement.Shao, Hua-ShengZhang, Yu-JieThu, 12 May 2016 05:42:55 GMT10 May 2016arXiv:1605.03061http://cds.cern.ch/record/2152159['arXiv:1605.03061']arXiv:1605.03061Time-Sliced Perturbation Theory II: Baryon Acoustic Oscillations and Infrared Resummation
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2151429
We use time-sliced perturbation theory (TSPT) to give an accurate description of the infrared non-linear effects affecting the baryonic acoustic oscillations (BAO) present in the distribution of matter at very large scales. In TSPT this can be done via a systematic resummation that has a simple diagrammatic representation and does not involve uncontrollable approximations. We discuss the power counting rules and derive explicit expressions for the resummed matter power spectrum up to next-to leading order and the bispectrum at the leading order. The two-point correlation function agrees well with N-body data at BAO scales. The systematic approach also allows to reliably assess the shift of the baryon acoustic peak due to non-linear effects.Blas, DiegoGarny, MathiasIvanov, Mikhail MSibiryakov, SergeyTue, 10 May 2016 06:17:19 GMT07 May 2016arXiv:1605.02149http://cds.cern.ch/record/2151429['arXiv:1605.02149']arXiv:1605.02149Composite operators and form factors in N=4 SYM
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150957
We construct the most general composite operators of N = 4 SYM in Lorentz harmonic chiral ($\approx$ twistor) superspace. The operators are built from the SYM supercurvature which is nonpolynomial in the chiral gauge prepotentials. We reconstruct the full nonchiral dependence of the supercurvature. We compute all tree-level MHV form factors via the LSZ redcution procedure with on-shell states made of the same supercurvature.Chicherin, DmitrySokatchev, EmeryFri, 06 May 2016 06:28:17 GMT04 May 2016arXiv:1605.01386http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150957['arXiv:1605.01386']arXiv:1605.01386Maximal Flavor Violation in Super-GUTs
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150939
We consider supersymmetric grand unified theories with soft supersymmetry-breaking scalar masses $m_0$ specified above the GUT scale (super-GUTs) and patterns of Yukawa couplings motivated by upper limits on flavour-changing interactions beyond the Standard Model. If the scalar masses are smaller than the gaugino masses $m_{1/2}$, as is expected in no-scale models, the dominant effects of renormalization between the input scale and the GUT scale are generally expected to be those due to the gauge couplings, which are proportional to $m_{1/2}$ and generation-independent. In this case, the input scalar masses $m_0$ may violate flavour maximally, a scenario we call MaxFV, and there is no supersymmetric flavour problem. We illustrate this possibility within various specific super-GUT scenarios that are deformations of no-scale gravity.Ellis, JohnOlive, KeithVelasco-Sevilla, LilianaFri, 06 May 2016 06:27:03 GMT04 May 2016arXiv:1605.01398http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150939['arXiv:1605.01398']arXiv:1605.01398Parton Shower Uncertainties with Herwig 7: Benchmarks at Leading Order
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150935
We perform a detailed study of the sources of perturbative uncertainty in parton shower predictions within the Herwig 7 event generator. We benchmark two rather different parton shower algorithms, based on angular-ordered and dipole-type evolution, against each other. We deliberately choose leading order plus parton shower as the benchmark setting to identify a controllable set of uncertainties. This will enable us to reliably assess improvements by higher-order contributions in a follow-up work.Bellm, JohannesNail, GraemePlätzer, SimonSchichtel, PeterSiódmok, AndrzejFri, 06 May 2016 06:26:59 GMT04 May 2016arXiv:1605.01338http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150935['arXiv:1605.01338']arXiv:1605.01338Heavy ions at the Future Circular Collider
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150910
The Future Circular Collider (FCC) Study is aimed at assessing the physics potential and the technical feasibility of a new collider with centre-of-mass energies, in the hadron-hadron collision mode, seven times larger than the nominal LHC energies. Operating such machine with heavy ions is an option that is being considered in the accelerator design studies. It would provide, for example, Pb-Pb and p-Pb collisions at sqrt{s_NN} = 39 and 63 TeV, respectively, per nucleon-nucleon collision, with integrated luminosities above 30 nb^-1 per month for Pb-Pb. This is a report by the working group on heavy-ion physics of the FCC Study. First ideas on the physics opportunities with heavy ions at the FCC are presented, covering the physics of the Quark-Gluon Plasma, of gluon saturation, of photon-induced collisions, as well as connections with other fields of high-energy physics.Dainese, AWiedemann, U AArmesto, Nd'Enterria, DJowett, J MLansberg, J -PMilhano, J GSalgado, C ASchaumann, Mvan Leeuwen, MAlbacete, J LAndronic, AAntonioli, PApolinario, LBass, SBeraudo, ABilandzic, ABorsanyi, SBraun-Munzinger, PChen, ZMendez, L CunqueiroDenicol, G SEskola, K JFloerchinger, SFujii, HGiubellino, PGreiner, CGrosse-Oetringhaus, J FKo, C -MKotko, PKrajczar, KKutak, KLaine, MLiu, YLombardo, M PLuzum, MMarquet, CMasciocchi, SOkorokov, VPaquet, J -FPaukkunen, HPetreska, EPierog, TPloskon, MRatti, CRezaeian, A HRiegler, WRojo, JRoland, CRossi, ASalam, G PSapeta, SSchicker, RSchmidt, CStachel, JUphoff, Jvan Hameren, AWatanabe, KXiao, B -WYuan, FZaslavsky, DZhou, KZhuang, PFri, 06 May 2016 06:25:45 GMT04 May 2016arXiv:1605.01389http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150910['arXiv:1605.01389']arXiv:1605.01389$W_\infty$ Algebras, Hawking Radiation and Information Retention by Stringy Black Holes
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150902
We have argued previously, based on the analysis of two-dimensional stringy black holes, that information in stringy versions of four-dimensional Schwarzschild black holes (whose singular regions are represented by appropriate Wess-Zumino-Witten models) is retained by quantum $W$-symmetries when the horizon area is not preserved due to Hawking radiation. It is key that the exactly-marginal conformal world-sheet operator representing a massless stringy particle interacting with the black hole requires a contribution from $W_\infty$ generators in its vertex function. The latter correspond to delocalised, non-propagating, string excitations that guarantee the transfer of information between the string black hole and external particles. When infalling matter crosses the horizon, these topological states are excited via a process: (Stringy black hole) + infalling matter $\rightarrow $ (Stringy black hole)$^\star$, where the black hole is viewed as a stringy state with a specific configuration of $W_\infty$ charges that are conserved. Hawking radiation is then the reverse process, with conservation of the $W_\infty$ charges retaining information. The Hawking radiation spectrum near the horizon of a Schwarzschild or Kerr black hole is specified by matrix elements of higher-order currents that form a phase-space $W_{1+\infty}$ algebra. We show that an appropriate gauging of this algebra preserves the horizon two-dimensional area classically, as expected because the latter is a conserved Noether charge.Ellis, JohnMavromatos, Nick ENanopoulos, Dimitri VFri, 06 May 2016 06:24:51 GMT05 May 2016arXiv:1605.01653http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150902['arXiv:1605.01653']arXiv:1605.01653Hunting for Dark Particles with Gravitational Waves
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150796
The LIGO observation of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger has begun a new era in fundamental physics. If new dark sector particles, be they bosons or fermions, can coalesce into exotic compact objects (ECOs) of astronomical size, then the first evidence for such objects, and their underlying microphysical description, may arise in gravitational wave observations. In this work we study how the macroscopic properties of ECOs are related to their microscopic properties, such as dark particle mass and couplings. We then demonstrate the smoking gun exotic signatures that would provide observational evidence for ECOs, and hence new particles, in terrestrial gravitational wave observatories. Finally, we discuss how gravitational waves can test a core concept in general relativity: Hawking's area theorem.Giudice, Gian FMcCullough, MatthewUrbano, AlfredoFri, 06 May 2016 06:22:49 GMT04 May 2016arXiv:1605.01209http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150796['arXiv:1605.01209']arXiv:1605.01209Non-Perturbative Quantum Geometry III
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150470
The Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit of the refined topological string on toric Calabi-Yau manifolds and the resulting quantum geometry is studied from a non-perturbative perspective. The quantum differential and thus the quantum periods exhibit Stockes phenomena over the combined string coupling and quantized Kaehler moduli space. We outline that the underlying formalism of exact quantization is generally applicable to points in moduli space featuring massless hypermultiplets, leading to non-perturbative band splitting. Our prime example is local P1xP1 near a conifold point in moduli space. In particular, we will present numerical evidence that in a Stockes chamber of interest the string based quantum geometry reproduces the non-perturbative corrections for the Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit of 4d supersymmetric SU(2) gauge theory at strong coupling found in the previous part of this series. A preliminary discussion of local P2 near the conifold point in moduli space is also provided.Krefl, DanielWed, 04 May 2016 06:06:17 GMT30 Apr 2016arXiv:1605.00182http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150470['arXiv:1605.00182']arXiv:1605.00182The 750 GeV Diphoton Resonance in the MSSM
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150458
We propose a simple interpretation of the 750 GeV diphoton resonance as hinted by the current 13 TeV LHC data, within the context of the Minimal Supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model (MSSM). In the CP-conserving limit of the theory, the resonance may be identified with the heavier CP-even $H$ boson of the MSSM, whose gluon-fusion production and decay into two photons are enhanced by loops of the lightest supersymmetric partner of the top quark $\tilde{t}_1$ when its mass $m_{\tilde{t}_1}$ happens to be near the $\tilde{t}^*_1\tilde{t}_1$ threshold, i.e.~for $m_{\tilde{t}_1} \sim \frac12 M_H$ and, to a lesser extent, by resonant contributions due to $\tilde{t}_1^* \tilde{t}_1$ bound states. The scenario requires a relatively low supersymmetry-breaking scale~$M_S\lsim 1$~TeV, but large values of the higgsino mass parameter, $\mu \gsim 3$ TeV that leads to a strong $H \tilde{t}_1 \tilde{t}_1$ coupling. Such parameters can accommodate the observed mass and standard-like couplings of the 125~GeV $h$ boson in the MSSM, while satisfying all other constraints from the LHC and dark matter searches. We briefly discuss further characteristic features of such a scenario that could serve as a smoking gun towards its experimental discovery.Djouadi, AbdelhakPilaftsis, ApostolosWed, 04 May 2016 06:05:46 GMT03 May 2016arXiv:1605.01040http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150458['arXiv:1605.01040']arXiv:1605.01040Interference Effects in the Decays of 750 GeV States into $\gamma \gamma$ and $t\bar{t}$
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150403
We consider interference effects in the production via gluon fusion in LHC collisions at 13 TeV and decays into $\gamma \gamma$ and $t {\bar t}$ final states of the putative 750 GeV state(s) $\Phi$, assumed here to be scalar and/or pseudo scalar particle(s). We revisit previous calculations of the interferences between the heavy-fermion loop-induced $gg \to \Phi \to \gamma \gamma$ signal and the continuum $gg\to \gamma\gamma$ QCD background, which can alter the production rate as well as modify the line-shape and apparent mass. We find a modest enhancement by $\sim 20$% under favorable circumstances, for a large $\Phi$ width close to the experimental upper limit $\sim 45$ GeV. The effect of interference on the apparent scalar-pseudoscalar mass difference in a two-Higgs-doublet model is found to be also modest. An exploratory study indicates that similar effects are to be expected in the $gg \to \Phi \to Z \gamma$ channel. In this and other models with a large $\Phi$ total width, the dominant $\Phi$ decays are expected to be into $t \bar t$ final states. We therefore also study the effects of interference of the $gg\to \Phi \to t\bar t$ signal with the $gg\to t \bar t$ continuum QCD background and show that in the presence of standard fermions only in the $gg\to \Phi$ loops, it is destructive causing a dip in the $t \bar t$ mass distribution. Including additional vector-like quarks leads to a different picture as peaks followed by dips can then occur. We use the absence of such effects in ATLAS and CMS data to constrain models of the production and decays of the $\Phi$ state(s).Djouadi, AbdelhakEllis, JohnQuevillon, JérémieWed, 04 May 2016 06:04:25 GMT02 May 2016arXiv:1605.00542http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150403['arXiv:1605.00542']arXiv:1605.00542Quantum Field Theory of Interacting Dark Matter/Dark Energy: Dark Monodromies
http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150356
We discuss how to formulate a quantum field theory of dark energy interacting with dark matter. We show that the proposals based on the assumption that dark matter is made up of heavy particles with masses which are very sensitive to the value of dark energy are strongly constrained. Quintessence-generated long range forces and radiative stability of the quintessence potential require that such dark matter and dark energy are completely decoupled. However, if dark energy and a fraction of dark matter are very light axions, they can have significant mixings which are radiatively stable and perfectly consistent with quantum field theory. Such models can naturally occur in multi-axion realizations of monodromies. The mixings yield interesting signatures which are observable and are within current cosmological limits but could be constrained further by future observations.D'Amico, GuidoHamill, TeresaKaloper, NemanjaWed, 04 May 2016 06:02:49 GMT03 May 2016arXiv:1605.00996http://cds.cern.ch/record/2150356['arXiv:1605.00996']arXiv:1605.00996