Special Issue "Hidden Dark Sector in High Energy Physics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 6505
The Standard Model (SM), while extremely powerful as a description of strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions, is not a natural candidate to explain dark matter. Theoretical and experimental motivations exist for the existence of a hidden or dark sector of phenomena that couples either weakly or in a special way to SM fields. Hidden sectors near the weak scale are motivated by naturalness, thermal dark matter, electroweak baryogenesis but also represent a generic expectation for physics beyond the SM. If there is such a family of particles and interactions, they may be accessible experimentally at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and at future high energy colliders. As a prototypical hidden sector can be considered, there is the compelling possibility of a spontaneously broken dark U(1)D gauge symmetry, mediated by a vector boson called the dark photon (ZD). The search for such a hidden sector is an important component of the LHC physics program. The LHC provides a unique tool to explore such models where these new states can be produced using, for example, exotic Higgs boson decays to light scalars or light vectors and inclusive dark photon decays or associated productions as a portal to this hidden or dark sector that has remained inaccessible up to now.
Dr. Theodota Lagouri
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- high energy collider physics
- hidden dark sector
- exotic Higgs decays
- dark photon
- dark matter (DM)
- beyond the Standard Model (BSM)