General gauge mediation at the weak scale

Simon Knapen, Diego Redigolo, David Shih

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We completely characterize General Gauge Mediation (GGM) at the weak scale by solving all IR constraints over the full parameter space. This is made possible through a combination of numerical and analytical methods, based on a set of algebraic relations among the IR soft masses derived from the GGM boundary conditions in the UV. We show how tensions between just a few constraints determine the boundaries of the parameter space: electroweak symmetry breaking (EWSB), the Higgs mass, slepton tachyons, and left-handed stop/sbottom tachyons. While these constraints allow the left-handed squarks to be arbitrarily light, they place strong lower bounds on all of the right-handed squarks. Meanwhile, light EW superpartners are generic throughout much of the parameter space. This is especially the case at lower messenger scales, where a positive threshold correction to mh coming from light Higgsinos and winos is essential in order to satisfy the Higgs mass constraint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number46
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Supersymmetry Phenomenology


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