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Published August 1, 2003 | Published
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Probing supersymmetry with parity-violating electron scattering


We compute the one-loop supersymmetric (SUSY) contributions to the weak charges of the electron (QWe), proton (QWp), and cesium nucleus (QWCs) in the minimal supersymmetric standard model (MSSM). Such contributions can generate several percent corrections to the corresponding standard model values. The magnitudes of the SUSY loop corrections to QWe and QWp are correlated over nearly all of the MSSM parameter space and result in an increase in the magnitudes of these weak charges. In contrast, the effects on QWCs are considerably smaller and are equally likely to increase or decrease its magnitude. Allowing for R-parity violation can lead to opposite sign relative shifts in QWe and QWp, normalized to the corresponding standard model values. A comparison of QWp and QWe measurements could help distinguish between different SUSY scenarios.

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© 2003 The American Physical Society. Received 13 March 2003; published 15 August 2003. We thank R. Carlini, J. Erler, R.D. McKeown, and M. Wise for useful discussions. This work is supported in part under U.S. Department of Energy contract No. DE-FG03-02ER41215 (A.K. and M.J.R.-M.), No. DE-FG03-00ER41132 (M.J.R.-M.), and No. DE-FG03-92-ER-40701 (S.S.). A.K. and M.J.R.-M. are supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. PHY00-71856.

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