Search for dark matter in events with a hadronically decaying vector boson and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
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A search for dark matter (DM) particles produced in association with a hadronically decaying vector boson is performed using pp collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of s√=13 TeV corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1, recorded by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. This analysis improves on previous searches for processes with hadronic decays of W and Z bosons in association with large missing transverse momentum (mono-W/Z searches) due to the larger dataset and further optimization of the event selection and signal region definitions. In addition to the mono-W/Z search, the as yet unexplored hypothesis of a new vector boson Z′ produced in association with dark matter is considered (mono-Z′ search). No significant excess over the Standard Model prediction is observed. The results of the mono-W/Z search are interpreted in terms of limits on invisible Higgs boson decays into dark matter particles, constraints on the parameter space of the simplified vector-mediator model and generic upper limits on the visible cross sections for W/Z+DM production. The results of the mono-Z′ search are shown in the framework of several simplified-model scenarios involving DM production in association with the Z′ boson.
CitationAaboud M, Aad G, Abbott B, Abdinov OBo, Abeloos B, Abhayasinghe DK, Abidi SH, AbouZeid H, Abraham NL, Abramowicz H, Buanes T, Eigen G, Fomin N, Lipniacka A, Martin dit Latour B, Mæland S, Stugu B, Yang Z, Zalieckas J, Bugge MK, Cameron DG, Catmore JR, Feigl S, Franconi L, Garonne V, Gramstad E, Hellesund S, Morisbak V, Oppen H, Ould-Saada F, Pedersen M, Read AL, Røhne OM, Sandaker H, Serfon C, Stapnes S, Vadla KOH, Abreu H, Abulaiti Y, Acharya BS, Adachi S, Adamczyk L, Adelman J, Adersberger M, Adigüzel A, Adye T, Affolder AA, Afik Y, Agheorghiesei C, Aguilar Saavedra JA, ATLAS C. Search for dark matter in events with a hadronically decaying vector boson and missing transverse momentum in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP). 2018;2018:180
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