Date Thesis Awarded

2013

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Christopher D. Carone

Committee Member

George Rublein

Committee Member

Henry Krakauer

Abstract

We propose a model of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking (EWSB) that includes a technicolor sector and a Higgs-like boson. The model includes a bound state of technifermions held together by a new strong interaction, called the neutral technipion, which decays like a Standard Model (SM) higgs boson. By observing an excess in diphoton final states, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations have recently discovered a Higgs-like boson at 125 GeV. For a technipion of mass less than 200 GeV, we determine bounds on our model from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) search for new scalar bosons decaying to photons. For a mass greater than 200 GeV, we consider the dominant decay mode to Z sigma, where sigma is a scalar boson of the model. An excess in this channel could provide evidence of the new pseudoscalar.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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