CMSSM, naturalness and the "fine-tuning price" of the Very Large Hadron Collider

Andrew Fowlie*

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The absence of supersymmetry or other new physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has lead many to question naturalness arguments. With Bayesian statistics, we argue that natural models are most probable and that naturalness is not merely an aesthetic principle. We calculate a probabilistic measure of naturalness, the Bayesian evidence, for the Standard Model (SM) with and without quadratic divergences, confirming that the SM with quadratic divergences is improbable. We calculate the Bayesian evidence for the constrained minimal supersymmetric Standard Model (CMSSM) with naturalness priors in three cases: with only the MZ measurement; with the MZ measurement and LHC measurements; and with the MZ measurement, mh measurement and a hypothetical null result from a s=100TeV Very Large Hadron Collider (VLHC) with 3000/fb. The "fine-tuning price" of the VLHC given LHC results would be ∼400, which is slightly less than that of the LHC results given the electroweak scale (∼500).

Original languageEnglish
Article number015010
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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