Phenomenology of the 4-site Higgsless model at the LHC

Who: Elena Accomando (University of Southampton)
When: Monday, September 26, 2011 at 14:15
Where: U154

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is performing beyond expectations. It has already accumulated 1 fb-1 of luminosity and in one year from now it is expected to reach 10 fb-1. LHC will be thus ready to answer the main question in particle physics: what is the ElectroWeak Symmetry Breaking mechanism (EWSB) which gives mass to our world? The Standard Model and its Supersymmetric extension predict the existence of fundamental Higgs bosons triggering EWSB. Hence, most of the experimental effort is naturally devoted to Higgs boson discovery. However, in the negative case, testable alternative formulations of EWSB must be ready to be searched for. Amongst these, we focus here on the 4-site Higgsless model which merges elements of both Technicolor and extra dimensions.
We discuss its phenomenological aspects, and show the reach for both exclusion and possible observation in one-year time of the LHC data taking.