Special Issue "The Higgs Boson: Present Status and Future Prospects"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
2. Physics Department, Manhattan College, The Bronx, NY 10471, USA
Interests: particle physics; astrophysics and cosmology
Interests: Higgs physics; Electroweak Symmetry Breaking; Effective Field Theories; Searches for physics Beyond the Standard Model; Semiconductor silicon detectors in Particle Physics; Data Reconstruction and Analysis Software in High Energy Physics; Track and Vertex reconstruction in collider experiments
The outstanding performance of the large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN and of related experiments has led to many important results and has improved our knowledge of the Standard Model. The major highlight of the first phase of the LHC program was the discovery in 2012 of a new particle with a mass of around 125 GeV, whose production and decay properties were consistent with those expected for the Standard Model Higgs boson. While many properties of this Higgs particle are measured to the limit of available data, the most important questions, concerning its nature and the structure of the Higgs field, remain unanswered—among others, the possible existence of additional Higgs bosons, the hierarchy problem of the Standard Model, and the stability of the Higgs vacuum.
A broad Higgs physics program has been currently proposed for the LHC, high luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) and future particle accelerators to improve our understanding of the Standard Model and its possible extensions. In particular, the HL-LHC is expected to enhance our knowledge of the Higgs boson couplings to Standard Model particles, to allow the observation of its rare decays and to discover the Higgs boson pair production. The high precision searches for CP violation in the Higgs sector and for other effects extending the frame Standard Model are also foreseen.
There are phenomena in nature that cannot be explained within the Standard Model, which is thus often considered as a low-energy approximation of a more general theory. Significant work is required to overcome difficulties in the theoretical description of the possible effects of new physics in the Higgs sector. The understanding of the Higgs boson physics will also provide a crucial information about the early universe. The Higgs field can play a critical role in cosmology and astrophysics, contributing in particular to the baryon asymmetry of the universe, structure formation, and dark matter production.
We invite original research articles and reviews on the above-described topics for inclusion in this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Rostislav Konoplich
Prof. Dr. Kirill Prokofiev
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- Higgs boson
- future accelerators
- new physics
- extended Higgs sector
- rare decays
- effective field theory
- metastable vacuum
- dark matter