Search for direct top squark pair production in events with a Z boson, b-jets and missing transverse momentum in s √ = 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector

Asquith, L, Cerri, A, Chavez Barajas, C A, De Santo, A, Salvatore, F, Santoyo Castillo, I, Suruliz, K, Sutton, M R, Vivarelli, I and The ATLAS Collaboration, (2014) Search for direct top squark pair production in events with a Z boson, b-jets and missing transverse momentum in s √ = 8 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector. European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields, 74. p. 2883. ISSN 1434-6044

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Abstract

A search is presented for direct top squark pair production using events with at least two leptons including a same-flavour opposite-sign pair with invariant mass consistent with the Z boson mass, jets tagged as originating from b-quarks and missing transverse momentum. The analysis is performed with proton–proton collision data at s√=8 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in 2012 corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb−¹. No excess beyond the Standard Model expectation is observed. Interpretations of the results are provided in models based on the direct pair production of the heavier top squark state (t~2) followed by the decay to the lighter top squark state (t~1) via t~2→Zt~1, and for t~1 pair production in natural gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking scenarios where the neutralino (χ~10) is the next-to-lightest supersymmetric particle and decays producing a Z boson and a gravitino (G~) via the χ~10→ZG~ process.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Research Centres and Groups: Experimental Particle Physics Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Richard Chambers
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 10:55
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 10:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66328

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