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Title: Simulation of Heavy Majorana Neutrinos in the Large Hadron Collider: From Phenomenology to the Matrix Element Method
Authors: Seiss, Todd
Advisors: Tully, Christopher G.
Contributors: Marlow, Daniel R.
Department: Physics
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Many extensions to the standard model include a heavy neutrino with a mass on the few hundred GeV scale, and in some models, heavy neutrinos could be produced at the LHC. I first discuss heavy neutrino collider phenomenology,examining the couplings and relevant cross-sections. Then I simulate heavy Type III seesaw neutrino events and standard model backgrounds in MadGraph, which I use to examine the signal and background kinematics. Finally, I pass these events to MadWeight in order to study the Matrix Element Method and determine how well the signal can be extracted from a set of simulated events.
Extent: 61 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Physics, 1936-2017

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