Search for bottom-squark pair production in pp collision events at √s=13 TeV with hadronically decaying τ -leptons, b-jets, and missing transverse momentum using the ATLAS detector
Aad, Georges; Abbott, Brad; Abbott, Dale C.; Abed Abud, Adam; Abeling, Kira; Abhayasinghe, Deshan Kavishka; Abidi, Syed Haider; AbouZeid, Ossama Sherif Alexander; Abraham, Nadine L.; Abramowicz, Halina; Bjørke, Kristian; Bugge, Magnar Kopangen; Cameron, David Gordon; Catmore, James Richard; Garonne, Vincent; Gramstad, Eirik; Heggelund, Andreas; Hellesund, Simen; Håland, Even Simonsen; Morisbak, Vanja; Oppen, Henrik; Ould-Saada, Farid; Pedersen, Maiken; Read, Alexander Lincoln; Rye, Eli Bæverfjord; Røhne, Ole Myren; Sandaker, Heidi; Vadla, Knut Oddvar Høie; Buanes, Trygve; Djuvsland, Julia Isabell; Eigen, Gerald; Fomin, Nikolai; Latour, Bertrand Pascal Christian; Lee, Graham Richard; Lipniacka, Anna; Stugu, Bjarne Sandvik; Træet, Are Sivertsen; Abreu, Henso; Abulaiti, Yiming; Acharya, Bobby S.; Achkar, Baida; Adam, Lennart; Adam-Bourdarios, Claire; Adamczyk, Leszek; Adamek, Lukas; Adelman, Jareed; Adersberger, Michael; Adigüzel, Aytül; Adorni, Sofia; Adye, Tim; ATLAS, Collaboration
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Original versionPhysical Review D. 2021, 104:032014. 10.1103/PhysRevD.104.032014
A search for pair production of bottom squarks in events with hadronically decaying τ-leptons, b-tagged jets, and large missing transverse momentum is presented. The analyzed dataset is based on proton-proton collisions at ffiffi s p ¼ 13 TeV delivered by the Large Hadron Collider and recorded by the ATLAS detector from 2015 to 2018, and corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1. The observed data are compatible with the expected Standard Model background. Results are interpreted in a simplified model where each bottom squark is assumed to decay into the second-lightest neutralino χ˜ 0 2 and a bottom quark, with χ˜ 0 2 decaying into a Higgs boson and the lightest neutralino χ˜ 0 1. The search focuses on final states where at least one Higgs boson decays into a pair of hadronically decaying τ-leptons. This allows the acceptance and thus the sensitivity to be significantly improved relative to the previous results at low masses of the χ˜ 0 2, where bottom-squark masses up to 850 GeV are excluded at the 95% confidence level, assuming a mass difference of 130 GeV between χ˜ 0 2 and χ˜ 0 1. Model-independent upper limits are also set on the cross section of processes beyond the Standard Model.