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Conformal Colliders Meet the LHC

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 05, 2022, 02:30pm -

Speaker: Ian Moult (Yale)


Jets of hadrons produced at high-energy colliders provide experimental access to the dynamics of asymptotically free quarks and gluons and their confinement into hadrons. Motivated by recent developments in conformal field theory, we propose a reformulation of jet substructure as the study of correlation functions of a specific class of light-ray operators and their associated operator product expansion (OPE). We show that multi-point correlation functions of these operators can be measured in real LHC data, allowing us to experimentally verify properties of the light-ray OPE. We then discuss how this reformulation provides new ways of experimentally studying the Standard Model at colliders, as well as new theoretical techniques for performing calculations in QCD.


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