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This is the web site for the MC@NNLO Advanced Investigator Grant (ERC-AdG-2013) supported by the European Research Council .

The grant agreement 340983-MCatNNLO was agreed between the European Research Council Executive Agency and Durham University on 18 February 2014. The official starting date of the grant is 1 March 2014 with duration of 60 months.

Objectives of the Research Programme

The recent discovery of a Higgs-boson like resonance at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is a major landmark in the quest to understand the fundamental nature of the Universe. Precise measurements of the properties of the new boson are now mandatory and must be reflected in a similar quest for higher precision from the theory side. We aim to meet this challenge by developing a theoretical framework together with suitable high-precision tools that will guarantee the continued success of the LHC programme.

The overall aim of this project is therefore to develop and establish a new standard of theoretical precision in the description of physical observables at the LHC and other particle collider experiments, thereby leading to a more precise extraction of fundamental physics parameters, such as the couplings of the Higgs boson to other fundamental particles. The necessary theoretical precision will be achieved by systematically including the next-to-next-to leading order (NNLO) corrections in the perturbative expansion in the relevant simulation tools, focusing on crucial experimental benchmark processes.

The techniques and frameworks we will develop will be applicable to other processes and in particular, will be very relevant to searches for physics beyond the Standard Model, and in the further interpretation of any signals that would indicate such a discovery.

Partners

To achieve this ambitious goal, the PI, Professor Nigel Glover, will work very closely with a team of carefully chosen scientists with relevant overlapping and complementary expertise in precision calculations and event simulation: Prof. Dr Thomas Gehrmann (University of Zürich), Prof. Dr Aude Gehrmann-De Ridder (University of Zürich/ETH Zürich) and Prof. Frank Krauss (Durham University). Each of these senior scientists is associated with new and innovative methods for the evaluation of higher-order corrections and have successfully applied them to challenging calculations at the technical frontier.
IPPP, Durham University UDUR Nigel Glover (PI), Frank Krauss
Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich ETH Aude Gehrmann-De Ridder
University of Zuerich UZH Thomas Gehrmann

Positions

A number of postdoctoral and doctoral fellowships will be available during the project.