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Search for excited electrons in ep collisions at HERA


Aaron, F D; Alexa, C; Andreev, V; Antunovic, B; Aplin, S; Müller, K; Nowak, K; Robmann, P; Schmitz, C; Schöning, A; Straumann, U; Truöl, P; H1 Collaboration; et al (2008). Search for excited electrons in ep collisions at HERA. Physics Letters B, 666(2):131-139.

Abstract

A search for excited electrons is performed using the full e±p data sample collected by the H1 experiment at HERA, corresponding to a total luminosity of 475 pb−1. The electroweak decays of excited electrons e*→eγ, e*→eZ and e*→νW with subsequent hadronic or leptonic decays of the W and Z bosons are considered. No evidence for excited electron production is found. Mass dependent exclusion limits on e* production cross sections and on the ratio f/Λ of the coupling to the compositeness scale are derived within gauge mediated models. These limits extend the excluded region compared to previous excited electron searches. The e* production via contact interactions is also addressed for the first time in ep collisions.

Abstract

A search for excited electrons is performed using the full e±p data sample collected by the H1 experiment at HERA, corresponding to a total luminosity of 475 pb−1. The electroweak decays of excited electrons e*→eγ, e*→eZ and e*→νW with subsequent hadronic or leptonic decays of the W and Z bosons are considered. No evidence for excited electron production is found. Mass dependent exclusion limits on e* production cross sections and on the ratio f/Λ of the coupling to the compositeness scale are derived within gauge mediated models. These limits extend the excluded region compared to previous excited electron searches. The e* production via contact interactions is also addressed for the first time in ep collisions.

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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:2008
Deposited On:19 Jan 2009 15:13
Last Modified:18 Feb 2018 10:30
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0370-2693
OA Status:Gold
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2008.07.014
Related URLs:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03702693 (Publisher)

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