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High- $p_T$ dilepton tails and flavor physics


Greljo, Admir; Marzocca, David (2017). High- $p_T$ dilepton tails and flavor physics. European Physical Journal C - Particles and Fields, 77(8):548.

Abstract

We investigate the impact of flavor-conserving, non-universal quark-lepton contact interactions on the dilepton invariant mass distribution in $p p→ℓ^+ℓ^−$ processes at the LHC. After recasting the recent ATLAS search performed at 13 TeV with 36.1 $fb^{−1}$ of data, we derive the best up-to-date limits on the full set of 36 chirality-conserving four-fermion operators contributing to the processes and estimate the sensitivity achievable at the HL-LHC. We discuss how these high-$p_T$ measurements can provide complementary information to the low-$p_T$ rare meson decays. In particular, we find that the recent hints on lepton-flavor universality violation in $b→sμ^+μ^−$ transitions are already in mild tension with the dimuon spectrum at high-$p_T$ if the flavor structure follows minimal flavor violation. Even if the mass scale of new physics is well beyond the kinematical reach for on-shell production, the signal in the high-$p_T$ dilepton tail might still be observed, a fact that has been often overlooked in the present literature. In scenarios where new physics couples predominantly to third generation quarks, instead, the HL-LHC phase is necessary in order to provide valuable information.

Abstract

We investigate the impact of flavor-conserving, non-universal quark-lepton contact interactions on the dilepton invariant mass distribution in $p p→ℓ^+ℓ^−$ processes at the LHC. After recasting the recent ATLAS search performed at 13 TeV with 36.1 $fb^{−1}$ of data, we derive the best up-to-date limits on the full set of 36 chirality-conserving four-fermion operators contributing to the processes and estimate the sensitivity achievable at the HL-LHC. We discuss how these high-$p_T$ measurements can provide complementary information to the low-$p_T$ rare meson decays. In particular, we find that the recent hints on lepton-flavor universality violation in $b→sμ^+μ^−$ transitions are already in mild tension with the dimuon spectrum at high-$p_T$ if the flavor structure follows minimal flavor violation. Even if the mass scale of new physics is well beyond the kinematical reach for on-shell production, the signal in the high-$p_T$ dilepton tail might still be observed, a fact that has been often overlooked in the present literature. In scenarios where new physics couples predominantly to third generation quarks, instead, the HL-LHC phase is necessary in order to provide valuable information.

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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:2017
Deposited On:29 Nov 2017 09:58
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:24
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1434-6044
OA Status:Gold
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-017-5119-8

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