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Title: High scale boundary conditions in extensions of the standard model
Author: McDowall, John
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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The recent discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS exper- iments and the subsequent measurements of it properties are the latest vindications of the Standard Model of particle physics. The SM has a number of well known flaws, and the continuing dearth of Beyond the Standard Model signatures from experiment has led to investigations into whether the SM is valid up to very high scales. The motivation for much of this work comes from the quartic Higgs coupling λ and its β function, which run to an extremely small values at high scales. These may be hints of new UV dynamics, in particular the Multiple Point Principle which posits the existence of a second degenerate minimum in the effective potential at the Planck scale, and Asymptotic Safety, where the dimensionless couplings of the potential run towards an interacting UV fixed point. In this work we will investi- gate the possibility for similar high scale boundary conditions in extensions of the Standard Model. Specifically, we look at the Real Singlet model, the Complex Sin- glet model, the Type-II Two Higgs Doublet Model, and the Inert Doublet Model. We will apply the relevant theoretical constraints to the parameter space of theses models, as well as experimental constraints such as those from ATLAS, CMS, LEP, the Tevatron, WMAP, Planck and LUX. Points that pass these constraints will also be investigated for their validity under a number of high scale boundary conditions on its scalar sector, and the valid parameter space will be checked for signatures in the mass spectrum that can be probed by current and future collider experiments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: QC Physics