HEP Theory Seminars WS 17/18


Thu 12.10.2017, 16.30 h

M. Winkler (Nordita)

A Precision Search for WIMPs with Charged Cosmic Rays


Thu 19.10.2017, 16.30 h

J. Brod (Dortmund)

EDM constraints on flavor-diagonal CP violation

The discovery of the Higgs boson opened a new window to the search for new physics related to electroweak symmetry breaking. For instance, sizeable CP-violating contributions to the top Yukawa coupling can be essential for electroweak baryogenesis.
Low-energy precision observables like electric dipole moments (EDM) put stringent bounds on this coupling. However, in order to take into possible cancellations into account, the contributions of all Yukawa couplings have to be calculated. After a short review on EDMs as probes of new physics, I will explain the calculation of the different contributions and show preliminary results.



Thu 26.10.2017, 16.30 h

E. Bellini (Oxford)

Maximal freedom at minimum cost: efficient description of general scalar-tensor theories in cosmology

In this talk I will introduce the main motivations to explore theories of gravity alternative to General Relativity. In particular, I will focus on the popular class of scalar-tensor theories, discussing their formulation and how to parametrize them efficiently on a cosmological background. This framework is optimal to describe large class of models at once, which makes it ideal for the implementation into Einstein-Boltzmann solvers as CLASS. I will discuss some of the features of hi_class and present the main results. Finally, I will mention why the recent detection of two neutron stars merger improved heavily the constraints on alternative theories of gravity.


Thu 02.11.2017, 16.30 h

J. Henn (Mainz)

Regge limit from an anomalous dimension

We consider a model of massive scattering amplitudes in N = 4 super Yang-Mills, which is analogous to light-by-light scattering. Working at the planar level, we provide the full three-loop amplitudes. We then derive various asymptotic expansions in physically interesting regimes. We find a surprisingly simple structure in the Regge limit, and suggest a simple form of the first power-suppressed terms. We propose that the latter are controlled by an anomalous dimension, and provide perturbative evidence for this conjecture.


Thu 09.11.2017, 16.30 h

S. Ando (Amsterdam)

Power of angular power: Implications for dark matter and cosmic neutrinos

Particle nature of dark matter is yet to be revealed. A promising class of candidates is the weakly interacting massive particles, which may give signatures of high-energy gamma rays through self-annihilation or decay. Independently of this, the origin of the high-energy neutrinos detected with IceCube is still to be uncovered. I will give an overview of the anisotropy analyses of both high-energy gamma rays and neutrinos that provide unique probes of evidence of dark matter annihilation and neutrino sources. The angular power spectrum, cross correlation with catalogs of galaxies and lensing data has been applied to the gamma-ray background to constrain contributions from dark matter annihilation and decay as well as astrophysical sources. The same idea can be applied to the current and future data of high-energy neutrinos, to get interesting insights of source contributions and properties.


Thu 16.11.2017, 16.30 h

R. Durrer (Genf)

Testing General Relativity with the Large Scale Structure of the Universe

In the measured angular and redshift distribution of galaxies we see not only the density fluctuations of the matter distribution but also effects from peculiar velocities, from lensing  and other relativistic effects. I shall discuss how these enter the observations of the galaxy distribution and how they may be extracted and how they can help us to test Einstein’s equations in cosmology.


Thu 23.11.2017, 16.30 h

J. Lindert (Durham)

Efficient algorithms for one-loop amplitudes - OpenLoops


Thu 30.11.2017, 16.30 h

M. Spannowski (Durham)



Thu 07.12.2017, 16.30 h

F. Iocco (Sao Paulo)



Thu 14.12.2017, 16.30 h

A. Hoang (Wien)



Thu 11.01.2018, 16.30 h

C. Boehm (Durham University)



Thu 25.01.2018, 16.30 h

A. Boyarsky (Leiden university)



Thu 01.02.2018, 16.30 h

M. Lüscher (CERN)