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Dissertation Defense: Andrew Buccilli
November 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Andrew Buccilli will defend his Ph.D dissertation on “Search for Signatures of Large Extra Dimensions in High-Mass Diphoton Events from Proton-Proton Collisions at √s = 13 TeV with CMS”.
A search is performed for a nonresonant excess of high-mass diphoton events over the Standard Model background prediction. Such an excess could be a signature of new physics, such as from the existence of extra spatial dimensions in the universe. The sample of diphoton events were produced in proton-proton collisions using the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb−1 and were recorded in 2016 with the CMS detector. Compared to Standard Model background sources, the data are consistent with the background-only hypothesis and the results are interpreted in the context of the large extra-dimensional model of Arkani-Hamed, Dimopoulos, and Dvali. This result provides the best model limits from searches in the diphoton channel and will be published in Ref. .
 CMS Collaboration, “Search for physics beyond the standard model in high-mass diphoton events from proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV”, To appear in: Phys. Rev. D (2018) arXiv:1809.00327