Status of the Higgs Boson Search at the LHC
Following the discovery of a new Higgs-like particle on July 4th of 2012, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the physicists Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for their theoretical prediction of the Higgs mechanism. This mechanism describes the process by which fundamental particles attain their mass and predicts the existence of a scalar particle: the Higgs boson. After reviewing the results in the bosonic channels, where the new particle was discovered, I will show the current results in the fermionic channels, where a Higgs boson signal is expected but has not yet been observed. I will describe in detail the analysis of the most sensitive fermionic channel: Higgs --> tau+tau- .
Dr. Benitez is an FIU Physics alumni (B.S. degree 2004). He obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University (2011), working in the BaBar experiment at the SLAC linear accelerator center. During 2011 to 2013 he worked as a CERN Research Fellow on the search for Higgs boson decays to tau leptons in the CMS experiment.