Impact of LSP character on Slepton reach at the LHC

Jonathan Eckel, Michael J. Ramsey-Musolf, William Shepherd, Shufang Su

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Abstract: 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 (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) depend strongly on the sign and value of M1/M2, which has strong implications for the reach of dilepton plus [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] searches for slepton pair production. We extend the experimental results for same flavor, opposite sign dilepton plus [InlineMediaObject not available: see fulltext.] 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 (Formula presented.) extends from 300 GeV for a Bino-like LSP to about 370 GeV for a Wino-like LSP. The bound for (Formula presented.) with a Higgsino-like LSP is the strongest (∼ 490 GeV) for M1/M2 ∼ − tan2θW and is the weakest (∼ 220 GeV) for M1/M2 ∼ tan2θW. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number117
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2014


  • Supersymmetry Phenomenology

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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