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Search for microscopic black holes in pp collisions at \sqrt{s} = 7 TeV


CMS Collaboration; Chatrchyan, S; Khachatryan, V; Aguiló, E; Amsler, C; Chiochia, V; De Visscher, S; Favaro, C; Ivova Rikova, M; Millan Mejias, B; Otiougova, P; Robmann, P; Snoek, H; Verzetti, M; et al (2012). Search for microscopic black holes in pp collisions at \sqrt{s} = 7 TeV. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2012(4):161.

Abstract

A search for microscopic black holes in pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV is presented. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.7 fb−1 recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2011. Events with large total transverse energy have been analyzed for the presence of multiple energetic jets, leptons, and photons, which are typical signals of evaporating semiclassical and quantum black holes, and string balls. Agreement with the expected standard model backgrounds, which are dominated by QCD multijet production, has been observed for various combined multiplicities of jets and other reconstructed objects in the final state. Model-independent limits are set on new physics processes producing high-multiplicity, energetic final states. In addition, new model-specific indicative limits are set excluding semiclassical and quantum black holes with masses below 3.8 to 5.3 TeV and string balls with masses below 4.6 to 4.8 TeV . The analysis has a substantially increased sensitivity compared to previous searches.

Abstract

A search for microscopic black holes in pp collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 7 TeV is presented. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 4.7 fb−1 recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2011. Events with large total transverse energy have been analyzed for the presence of multiple energetic jets, leptons, and photons, which are typical signals of evaporating semiclassical and quantum black holes, and string balls. Agreement with the expected standard model backgrounds, which are dominated by QCD multijet production, has been observed for various combined multiplicities of jets and other reconstructed objects in the final state. Model-independent limits are set on new physics processes producing high-multiplicity, energetic final states. In addition, new model-specific indicative limits are set excluding semiclassical and quantum black holes with masses below 3.8 to 5.3 TeV and string balls with masses below 4.6 to 4.8 TeV . The analysis has a substantially increased sensitivity compared to previous searches.

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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:2012
Deposited On:11 Mar 2013 08:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:39
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1029-8479
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP04(2012)061

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