Contact
Name
Miguel Vidal Marono
Position
Postdoc. Funding: FNRS.
Member since July 2013
Email
miguel.vidal.maronern.ch
Address
Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology - CP3
Université catholique de Louvain
2, Chemin du Cyclotron - Box L7.01.05
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium
Phone
+32 10 473229
Office
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Projects
I am involved in the following research directions:

a C++ software package to compute Matrix Element weights: MoMEMta

MoMEMta is a C++ software package to compute Matrix Element weights. Designed in a modular way, it covers the needs of experimental analysis workflows at the LHC. MoMEMta provides working examples for the most common final states (Formula: 0, WW, ...). If you are an expert user, be prepared to feel the freedom of configuring your MEM computation at all levels.
MoMEMta is based on:

- C++, ROOT, Lua scripting language
- Cuba (Monte-Carlo integration library)
- External PDFs (LHAPDF by default)
- External Matrix Elements (currently provided by our MadGraph C++ exporter plugin)

CMS Tracker commissioning and performance assessment

The CMS silicon strip tracker is the largest device of its type ever built. There are 24244 single-sided micro-strip sensors covering an active area of 198m2.
Physics performance of the detector are being constantly assessed and optimized as new data comes.
Members of UCL are playing a major role in the understanding of the silicon strip tracker and in the maintenance and development of the local reconstruction code.

External collaborators: CMS tracker collaboration.

Search for nonresonant Higgs boson pair production in the llbb+MET final state

The discovery of a Higgs boson (H) by the ATLAS and CMS experiments fixes the value of the self-coupling λ in the scalar potential whose form is determined by the symmetries of the Standard Model and the requirement of renormalisability. Higgs boson pair production is sensitive to the self-coupling and will play a major role in investigating the scalar potential structure.

This project consists in a search for nonresonant Higgs boson pair production via gluon fusion in the final state with two leptons, two b jets and missing transvere energy – gg → H(bb) H(WW) asking for the leptonic decay of the W's. The analysis is conducted in close collaboration with phenomenologists to ensure the approach is theoretically sound and future-proof.

Search for resonant Higgs pair production in the llbb+MET final state

The recent discovery of a scalar boson compatible with the Standard Model (SM) Higgs boson opened new windows to look for physics beyond the SM (BSM). An example of newly accessible phenomenology is the production of resonances decaying into two SM Higgs bosons (h) predicted by several theory families such as additional Higgs singlet/doublet or warped extra dimension.

This project consists in a search for spin-0 or spin-2 resonances produced via gluon fusion in the final state with two leptons, two b-jets and missing transverse energy – gg → X → h(bb) h(WW) asking for the leptonic decay of the W's. In particular, we are probing a mass range between 260 GeV and 900 GeV.

Study and optimization of b-tagging performances in CMS

We are involved in the activities of the btag POG (performance object group) of CMS, in release and data validation and purity measurement. We are also interested in btagging in special cases like for colinear b-jets. Furthermore, we are involved in the re-optimization and improvement of the Combined Secondary Vertex (CSV) tagger for the 2012 analyses.

External collaborators: Strasbourg CMS group, CMS collaboration.

Past projects
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I am involved in the following research directions:

Advanced Techniques for Fast Simulation and Data Analysis in High Energy Physics (ASAP)

The discovery of the 125GeV Higgs boson by the LHC experiments has finally opened a new era in the exploration of the TeV scale. The physics programs of CMS and ATLAS aim far beyond the simple discovery, and vigorously pursue the full characterization of the newly discovered state and the full exploration of the TeV scale in search of new phenomena. A key lesson drawn from first two years of LHC running is that most probably first discoveries and then identification of new states/interactions will not be easy. On the one hand, model-independent searches in simple topologies such as single/multi lepton at high transverse momenta have not shown any hint of new physics so far. On the other, topologies with jets and/or missing transverse energies, much more challenging experimentally, do strongly depend on the underlying theoretical models so that efficiently identifying signal enhanced regions of the phase space is quite involved. In this context, multi-variate techniques have become more and more central in the analysis of data from hadron collider experiments, to maximally exploit the information available on the signal and on the backgrounds. Amongst the most advanced techniques and certainly the most powerful one from the theoretical point of view, the so called matrix element method stands out. The main goal of this proposal is to advance the use and the scope of the matrix-element method so to significantly extend the range of physics applications at the LHC to the search of new physics. First we aim at providing the experimental HEP community with complete and automatic simulation tools, such as MadWeight/MoMEMta and Delphes, that overcome the technical limitations of the method. Second we propose to test and apply the new tools to current analyses in signatures that involve final state leptons and b-jets. Finally, we explore new and original applications of the method to both model-dependent or model-independent searches of new physics at the LHC.

External collaborators: CMS collaboration.

Search for Higgs boson(s) in CMS at the LHC in the llbb+MET topology

Search for Higgs boson(s) within the Standard Model and beyond and also withing a minimal extension of the scalar sector (2HDM).

The final state under study is a lepton pair associated with two b-jets and missing transverse energy. This topology is sensitive to a light SM Higgs via the H(bb)H(WW) production (via loop or Higgs self-coupling diagrams) and via the associated production of ttbar pairs and invisible particles. Requiring additional b jets (thus defining the llbbbb+MET final state) allows also the very interesting studies of a standard model Higgs produced in association with a top quark pair and It is also sensitive to the production of non standard heavy Higgs bosons decaying into ZA or WA, in the WAWA and ZAZA channels.

In particular, we are studying both resonant and non-resonant Higgs-pair production.

External collaborators: CMS collaboration.

Publications in CP3
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2018

MoMEMta, a modular toolkit for the Matrix Element Method at the LHC
Brochet, Sébastien and Delaere, Christophe and François, Brieuc and Lemaître, Vincent and Mertens, Alexandre and Saggio, Alessia and Vidal Marono, Miguel and Wertz, Sébastien
[Abstract] [PDF] Submitted to JHEP
23rd May.

2017

The Phase-2 Upgrade of the CMS Tracker
CMS collaboration
[Full text] CERN-LHCC-2017-009 ; CMS-TDR-014
Refereed paper. 13th December.
Search for resonant production of two Higgs bosons in the b-blν lν final state in 2016 data
O. Bondu, S. Brochet, C. Delaere, M. Delcourt, B. Francois, V. Lemaitre, M. Vidal Marono, S. Wertz
[Full text] CMS AN-2016/444; Restricted access
Private experimental note. 21st August.
Search for production of two Higgs bosons in the b-blν lν final state in 2016 data
O. Bondu, S. Brochet, C. Delaere, M. Delcourt, B. François, V. Lemaître, M. Vidal Marono, S. Wertz
[Full text] Restricted access; CMS AN-2016/430
Private experimental note. 21st August.
Search for resonant and nonresonant Higgs boson pair production in the bblnulnu final state in proton-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV
CMS collaboration
[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal] [Full text] Published in JHEP 1801 (2018) 054
Refereed paper. 21st August.

2016

Search for H(WW)H(bb) decays using the 2015 data sample
CMS collaboration
[Full text] prepared for Moriond 2016
Public experimental note. 28th April.

2015

Higgs pair production at the High Luminosity LHC
CMS collaboration
[Full text] CMS-PAS-FTR-15-002
Public experimental note. 29th October.

2014

Study of HH production with H → bb, H → WW → lν lν for an upgraded CMS detector at the HL-LHC
C. Delaere, B. Francois, V. Lemaitre, A. Mertens, M. Vidal Marono
[Full text] CMS AN-2014/141
Private experimental note. 1st December.
Future prospects of Higgs Physics at CMS
Marono, Miguel Vidal
[Abstract] [PDF] [Full text] Proceedings of the Conference Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP)
Contribution to proceedings. 19th June.
The observation of a Higgs boson in the bosonic decay channels and determination of its properties with the CMS experiment
Miguel Vidal Maroño
[Full text] Proceedings of the Conference Lake Louise Winter Institute 2014
Contribution to proceedings. 19th June.
Higgs physics at CMS
Miguel Vidal Maroño
[Full text] Proceedings of the International Conference on new Frontiers in Physics
Contribution to proceedings. 19th June.


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