[PAST EVENT] Physics Colloquium

January 18, 2013
4pm - 5pm
Small Hall, Room 111
300 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Abstract: I present the results from the Tevatron on the direct search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in p-pbar collisions at a center of mass energy of 1.96 TeV, using the data corresponding to integrated luminosity of up to 10fb1. The searches are performed in the Higgs boson mass range from 100 to 200 GeV/c2. The dominant decay channels, H bb and H W W , are combined with all the secondary channels and significant analysis improvements have been included. A significant excess of data events compared to the background prediction is reported. The highest local significance is 3.0 standard deviations while global significance for such an excess anywhere in the full mass range investigated is approximately 2.5 standard deviations. Both experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recently reported excesses of greater than 5 standard deviations in their searches for the Higgs boson. The complementarity and relevance of the Tevatron results are discussed in the context of this recent discovery at the LHC.