Particle Physics in Birmingham

Particle Physics Seminar

Wednesday 15th February 2012 at 1:30pm
Poynting Small Lecture Theatre

(tea, coffee and biscuits served at 1:15pm)

PDFs and their relation to LHC and Higgs Physics

Robert Thorne (University College London)


I discuss the current state of knowledge of PDFs, concentrating on the MSTW set. I particularly emphasize the sources of uncertainty, experimental, procedural and theoretical, and show how these can lead to differences between different PDF sets. The predictions for processes measured at the LHC and the possible tests these can provide on PDFs are illustrated. The predictions for the Higgs cross section at both the Tevatron and the LHC are summarised and the correlation with other LHC processes introduced.