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### Minimizing Higgs Potentials via Numerical Polynomial Homotopy Continuation

The study of models with extended Higgs sectors requires to minimize the
corresponding Higgs potentials, which is in general very difficult. Here, we
apply a recently developed method, called numerical polynomial homotopy
continuation (NPHC), which guarantees to find all the stationary points of the
Higgs potentials with polynomial-like nonlinearity. The detection of all
stationary points reveals the structure of the potential with maxima,
metastable minima, saddle points besides the global minimum. We apply the NPHC
method to the most general Higgs potential having two complex Higgs-boson
doublets and up to five real Higgs-boson singlets. Moreover the method is
applicable to even more involved potentials. Hence the NPHC method allows to go
far beyond the limits of the Gr\"obner basis approach.Comment: 9 pages, 4 figure

### Supersymmetric QCD corrections to $e^+e^-\to t\bar{b}H^-$ and the Bernstein-Tkachov method of loop integration

The discovery of charged Higgs bosons is of particular importance, since
their existence is predicted by supersymmetry and they are absent in the
Standard Model (SM). If the charged Higgs bosons are too heavy to be produced
in pairs at future linear colliders, single production associated with a top
and a bottom quark is enhanced in parts of the parameter space. We present the
next-to-leading-order calculation in supersymmetric QCD within the minimal
supersymmetric SM (MSSM), completing a previous calculation of the SM-QCD
corrections. In addition to the usual approach to perform the loop integration
analytically, we apply a numerical approach based on the Bernstein-Tkachov
theorem. In this framework, we avoid some of the generic problems connected
with the analytical method.Comment: 14 pages, 6 figures, accepted for publication in Phys. Rev.

### Abelian symmetries in multi-Higgs-doublet models

N-Higgs doublet models (NHDM) are a popular framework to construct
electroweak symmetry breaking mechanisms beyond the Standard model. Usually,
one builds an NHDM scalar sector which is invariant under a certain symmetry
group. Although several such groups have been used, no general analysis of
symmetries possible in the NHDM scalar sector exists. Here, we make the first
step towards this goal by classifying the elementary building blocks, namely
the abelian symmetry groups, with a special emphasis on finite groups. We
describe a strategy that identifies all abelian groups which are realizable as
symmetry groups of the NHDM Higgs potential. We consider both the groups of
Higgs-family transformations only and the groups which also contain generalized
CP transformations. We illustrate this strategy with the examples of 3HDM and
4HDM and prove several statements for arbitrary N.Comment: 33 pages, 2 figures; v2: conjecture 3 is proved and becomes theorem
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### Prochlo: Strong Privacy for Analytics in the Crowd

The large-scale monitoring of computer users' software activities has become
commonplace, e.g., for application telemetry, error reporting, or demographic
profiling. This paper describes a principled systems architecture---Encode,
Shuffle, Analyze (ESA)---for performing such monitoring with high utility while
also protecting user privacy. The ESA design, and its Prochlo implementation,
are informed by our practical experiences with an existing, large deployment of
privacy-preserving software monitoring.
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### Flavour physics constraints in the BMSSM

We study the implications of the presence of the two leading-order,
non-renormalizable operators in the Higgs sector of the MSSM to flavour physics
observables. We identify the constraints of flavour physics on the parameters
of the BMSSM when we: a) focus on a region of parameters for which electroweak
baryogenesis is feasible, b) use a CMSSM-like parametrization, and c) consider
the case of a generic NUHM-type model. We find significant differences as
compared to the standard MSSM case.Comment: 22 pages, 7 figure

### Tomato protoplast DNA transformation: physical linkage and recombination of exogenous DNA sequences

Tomato protoplasts have been transformed with plasmid DNA's, containing a chimeric kanamycin resistance gene and putative tomato origins of replication. A calcium phosphate-DNA mediated transformation procedure was employed in combination with either polyethylene glycol or polyvinyl alcohol. There were no indications that the tomato DNA inserts conferred autonomous replication on the plasmids. Instead, Southern blot hybridization analysis of seven kanamycin resistant calli revealed the presence of at least one kanamycin resistance locus per transformant integrated in the tomato nuclear DNA. Generally one to three truncated plasmid copies were found integrated into the tomato nuclear DNA, often physically linked to each other. For one transformant we have been able to use the bacterial ampicillin resistance marker of the vector plasmid pUC9 to 'rescue' a recombinant plasmid from the tomato genome. Analysis of the foreign sequences included in the rescued plasmid showed that integration had occurred in a non-repetitive DNA region. Calf-thymus DNA, used as a carrier in transformation procedure, was found to be covalently linked to plasmid DNA sequences in the genomic DNA of one transformant. A model is presented describing the fate of exogenously added DNA during the transformation of a plant cell. The results are discussed in reference to the possibility of isolating DNA sequences responsible for autonomous replication in tomato.

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