Daejeon, Korea - CTPU seminar room
Search for Dark Interactions at the LHC
Hidden sector or dark sector states appear in many extensions to the Standard Model, to provide a candidate for the dark matter in the universe or to explain astrophysical observations of positron excesses. A hidden or dark sector can be introduced with an additional $U(1)_d$ dark gauge symmetry. The presence of the dark sector could be inferred either from deviations from the SM-predicted rates of Drell-Yan (DY) events or from Higgs boson decays through exotic intermediate states. The discovery of the Higgs boson during Run 1 of the Large Hadron Collider opens a new and rich experimental program that includes the search for exotic decays H —> Z Zdark —> 4l and H —> Zdark Zdark -> 4l, where Zdark is a dark vector boson. In this talk, we will review the status of current searches for dark sector states at the LHC and the prospects for LHC Run 2.