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Published November 21, 2014 | Published + Submitted
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Impact of LSP character on Slepton reach at the LHC


Searches for supersymmetry at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have significantly constrained the parameter space associated with colored superpartners, whereas the constraints on color-singlet superpartners are considerably less severe. In this study, we investigate the dependence of slepton decay branching fractions on the nature of the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP). In particular, in the Higgsino-like LSP scenarios, both decay branching fractions of ℓ~L and ν~ℓ depend strongly on the sign and value of M_1/M_2, which has strong implications for the reach of dilepton plus E_T searches for slepton pair production. We extend the experimental results for same flavor, opposite sign dilepton plus E_T searches at the 8TeV LHC to various LSP scenarios. We find that the LHC bounds on sleptons are strongly enhanced for a non-Bino-like LSP: the 95% C.L. limit for mℓ_L extends from 300 GeV for a Bino-like LSP to about 370 GeV for a Wino-like LSP. The bound for ℓ_L with a Higgsino-like LSP is the strongest (∼ 490 GeV) for M_1/M_2 ∼ − tan^2 θ_W and is the weakest (∼ 220 GeV) for M_1/M_2 ∼ tan^2 θ_W . We also calculate prospective slepton search reaches at the 14 TeV LHC. With 100 fb^(−1) integrated luminosity, the projected 95% C.L. mass reach for the left-handed slepton varies from 550 (670) GeV for a Bino-like (Winolike) LSP to 900 (390) GeV for a Higgsino-like LSP under the most optimistic (pessimistic) scenario. The reach for the right-handed slepton is about 440 GeV. The corresponding 5σ discovery sensitivity is about 100 GeV smaller. For 300 fb^(−1) integrated luminosity, the reach is about 50 − 100 GeV higher.

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© 2014 The Authors. Published for SISSA by Springer. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. Article funded by SCOAP3. Received: August 22, 2014. Revised: October 15, 2014. Accepted: October 16, 2014. Published: November 21, 2014. The work was supported in part under U.S. Department of Energy contracts DE-FG02-04ER-41298 (S.S. and J.E.), DE-FG02-04ER-41268 (W.S.), DE-FG02-08ER41531 (M.J.RM) and DE-SC0011095 (M.J.R-M) as well as by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (M.J.R-M).

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