Revealing compressed stops using high-momentum recoils

Sebastian Macaluso, Michael Park, David Shih, Brock Tweedie

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Searches for supersymmetric top quarks at the LHC have been making great progress in pushing sensitivity out to higher mass, but are famously plagued by gaps in coverage around lower-mass regions where the decay phase space is closing off. Within the common stop-NLSP/neutralino-LSP simplified model, the line in the mass plane where there is just enough phase space to produce an on-shell top quark remains almost completely unconstrained. Here, we show that is possible to define searches capable of probing a large patch of this difficult region, with S/B ∼ 1 and significances often well beyond 5σ. The basic strategy is to leverage the large energy gain of LHC Run 2, leading to a sizable population of stop pair events recoiling against a hard jet. The recoil not only re-establishes a ̸ET signature, but also leads to a distinctive anti-correlation between the ̸ET and the recoil jet transverse vectors when the stops decay all-hadronically. Accounting for jet combinatorics, backgrounds, and imperfections in ̸ET measurements, we estimate that Run 2 will already start to close the gap in exclusion sensitivity with the first few 10s of fb−1. By 300 fb−1, exclusion sensitivity may extend from stop masses of 550 GeV on the high side down to below 200 GeV on the low side, approaching the “stealth” point at m˜t = mt and potentially overlapping with limits from t¯t cross section and spin correlation measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


  • Hadronic colliders
  • Supersymmetry phenomenology


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