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Search for top-squark pairs decaying into Higgs or Z bosons in pp collisions at s√=8 TeV


CMS Collaboration; Khachatryan, V; Sirunyan, A M; Tumasyan, A; Amsler, C; Canelli, F; Chiochia, V; De Cosa, A; Hinzmann, A; Hreus, T; Ivova Rikova, M; Kilminster, B; Mejias, B; Ngadiuba, J; Robmann, P; Snoek, H; Taroni, S; Verzetti, M; Yang, Y; et al (2014). Search for top-squark pairs decaying into Higgs or Z bosons in pp collisions at s√=8 TeV. Physics Letters B, 736:371-397.

Abstract

A search for supersymmetry through the direct pair production of top squarks, with Higgs (H) or Z bosons in the decay chain, is performed using a data sample of proton–proton collisions at s=8 TeV collected in 2012 with the CMS detector at the LHC. The sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 19.5 fb −1 . The search is performed using a selection of events containing leptons and bottom-quark jets. No evidence for a significant excess of events over the standard model background prediction is observed. The results are interpreted in the context of simplified supersymmetric models with pair production of a heavier top-squark mass eigenstate t˜2 decaying to a lighter top-squark mass eigenstate t˜1 via either t˜2→Ht˜1 or t˜2→Zt˜1 , followed in both cases by t˜1→tχ˜10 , where χ˜10 is an undetected, stable, lightest supersymmetric particle. The interpretation is performed in the region where the mass difference between the t˜1 and χ˜10 states is approximately equal to the top-quark mass ( mt˜1−mχ˜10≃mt ), which is not probed by searches for direct t˜1 squark pair production. The analysis excludes top squarks with masses mt˜2<575 GeV and mt˜1<400 GeV at a 95% confidence level.

Abstract

A search for supersymmetry through the direct pair production of top squarks, with Higgs (H) or Z bosons in the decay chain, is performed using a data sample of proton–proton collisions at s=8 TeV collected in 2012 with the CMS detector at the LHC. The sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 19.5 fb −1 . The search is performed using a selection of events containing leptons and bottom-quark jets. No evidence for a significant excess of events over the standard model background prediction is observed. The results are interpreted in the context of simplified supersymmetric models with pair production of a heavier top-squark mass eigenstate t˜2 decaying to a lighter top-squark mass eigenstate t˜1 via either t˜2→Ht˜1 or t˜2→Zt˜1 , followed in both cases by t˜1→tχ˜10 , where χ˜10 is an undetected, stable, lightest supersymmetric particle. The interpretation is performed in the region where the mass difference between the t˜1 and χ˜10 states is approximately equal to the top-quark mass ( mt˜1−mχ˜10≃mt ), which is not probed by searches for direct t˜1 squark pair production. The analysis excludes top squarks with masses mt˜2<575 GeV and mt˜1<400 GeV at a 95% confidence level.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:12 Dec 2014 11:34
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 09:10
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0370-2693
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2014.07.053
Related URLs:http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.3886

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