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Closing in on the Wino LSP via trilepton searches at the LHC

Closing in on the Wino LSP via trilepton searches at the LHC
Closing in on the Wino LSP via trilepton searches at the LHC

The neutralino dark matter (DM) predicted by the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) has been probed in several search modes at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the leading ones among which is the trilepton plus missing transverse momentum channel. The experimental analysis of this mode has, however, been designed to probe mainly a bino-like DM, originating in the decays of a pair of next-to-lightest neutralino and lightest chargino, both of which are assumed to be wino-like. In this study, we analyse how this trilepton channel can be tuned for probing also the wino-like DM. We note that, while the mentioned standard production mode generally leads to a relatively poor sensitivity for the wino-like DM, there are regions in the MSSM parameter space where the net yield in the trilepton final state can be substantially enhanced at the LHC with s=14 TeV. This is achieved by taking into account also an alternative channel, pair-production of the wino-like DM itself in association with the heavier chargino, and optimisation of the kinematical cuts currently employed by the LHC collaborations. In particular, we find that the cut on the transverse mass of the third lepton highly suppresses both the signal channels and should therefore be discarded in this DM scenario. We perform a detailed detector-level study of some selected parameter space points that are consistent with the most important experimental constraints, including the recent ones from the direct and indirect DM detection facilities. Our analysis demonstrates the high complementarity of the two channels, with their combined significance reaching above 4σ for a wino-like DM mass around 100 GeV, with an integrated luminosity as low as 100 fb−1.

Supersymmetry Phenomenology
1126-6708
Abdallah, W.
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Khalil, S.
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Moretti, S.
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Munir, S.
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Abdallah, W.
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Khalil, S.
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Moretti, S.
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Munir, S.
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Abdallah, W., Khalil, S., Moretti, S. and Munir, S. (2018) Closing in on the Wino LSP via trilepton searches at the LHC. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2018 (1). (doi:10.1007/JHEP01(2018)155).

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Abstract

The neutralino dark matter (DM) predicted by the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) has been probed in several search modes at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one of the leading ones among which is the trilepton plus missing transverse momentum channel. The experimental analysis of this mode has, however, been designed to probe mainly a bino-like DM, originating in the decays of a pair of next-to-lightest neutralino and lightest chargino, both of which are assumed to be wino-like. In this study, we analyse how this trilepton channel can be tuned for probing also the wino-like DM. We note that, while the mentioned standard production mode generally leads to a relatively poor sensitivity for the wino-like DM, there are regions in the MSSM parameter space where the net yield in the trilepton final state can be substantially enhanced at the LHC with s=14 TeV. This is achieved by taking into account also an alternative channel, pair-production of the wino-like DM itself in association with the heavier chargino, and optimisation of the kinematical cuts currently employed by the LHC collaborations. In particular, we find that the cut on the transverse mass of the third lepton highly suppresses both the signal channels and should therefore be discarded in this DM scenario. We perform a detailed detector-level study of some selected parameter space points that are consistent with the most important experimental constraints, including the recent ones from the direct and indirect DM detection facilities. Our analysis demonstrates the high complementarity of the two channels, with their combined significance reaching above 4σ for a wino-like DM mass around 100 GeV, with an integrated luminosity as low as 100 fb−1.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 January 2018
Published date: January 2018
Keywords: Supersymmetry Phenomenology

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Local EPrints ID: 417948
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/417948
ISSN: 1126-6708
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Last modified: 19 Feb 2018 17:30

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Author: W. Abdallah
Author: S. Khalil
Author: S. Moretti
Author: S. Munir

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