AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Phys
Univ Arizona, Steward Observ
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CitationSu, S. & Zhang, H. J. High Energ. Phys. (2018) 2018: 135. https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP05(2018)135
JournalJOURNAL OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS
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AbstractCurrent searches for the light top squark (stop) mostly focus on the decay channels of (t) over tilde -> t chi(0)(1) or (t) over tilde -> b chi(+/-)(1) -> bW chi(0)(1), leading to t (t) over bar /bbWW+/E-T final states for stop pair productions at the LHC. However, in supersymmetric scenarios with light neutralinos and charginos other than the neutralino lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP), more than one decay mode of the stop could be dominant. While those new decay modes could significantly weaken the current stop search limits at the LHC, they also offer alternative discovery channels for stop searches. In this paper, we studied the scenario with light Higgsino nextto-LSPs (NLSPs) and Bino LSP. The light stop decays primarily via (t) over tilde (1) -> t chi(0)(2)/chi(0)(3)), with the neutralinos subsequent decaying to a Z boson or a Higgs boson: chi(0)(2)/chi(0)(3) -> ) chi(0)(1)h/Z. Pair production of light stops at the LHC leads to final states of t (t) over bar hh/E-T, t (t) over bar hZ/E-T or t (t) over bar ZZ/E-T. We consider three signal regions: one charged lepton (1f), two opposite sign charged leptons (2 OS) and at least three charged leptons (>= 3f). We found that the lf signal region of channel t (t) over bar hZ/E-T has the best reach sensitivity for light stop searches. For 14 TeV LHC with 300 fb(-1) integrated luminosity, a stop mass up to 900 GeV can be discovered at 5 sigma significance, or up to 1050 GeV can be excluded at 95% C.L. Combining all three decay channels for lf signal region extends the reach for about 100-150 GeV. We also studied the stop reach at the 100 TeV pp collider with 3 ab(-1) luminosity, with discovery and exclusion reach being 6 TeV and 7 TeV, respectively.
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SponsorsDepartment of Energy [DE-FG02-04ER-41298]