Search for dark matter produced in association with bottom or top quarks in √s=13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector
Aaboud, Morad; Aad, Georges; Abbott, Brad; Abdinov, Ovsat Bahram oglu; Abeloos, Baptiste; Abidi, Syed Haider; AbouZeid, Hass; Abraham, Nadine L.; Abramowicz, Halina; Abreu, Henso; Buanes, Trygve; Dale, Ørjan; Eigen, Gerald; Liebig, Wolfgang; Lipniacka, Anna; Martin dit Latour, Bertrand; Mæland, Steffen; Stugu, Bjarne; Yang, Zongchang; Zalieckas, Justas; Bugge, Magnar Kopangen; Cameron, David Gordon; Catmore, James Richard; Feigl, Simon; Franconi, Laura; Garonne, Vincent; Gjelsten, Børge Kile; Gramstad, Eirik; Morisbak, Vanja; Oppen, Henrik; Ould-Saada, Farid; Raddum, Silje Hattrem; Read, Alexander Lincoln; Røhne, Ole Myren; Sandaker, Heidi; Serfon, Cédric; Stapnes, Steinar; Vadla, Knut Oddvar Høie; Abreu, Rômulo F.; Abulaiti, Yiming; Acharya, Bobby S.; Adachi, Shunsuke; Adamczyk, Leszek; Adelman, Jareed; Adersberger, Michael; Adye, Tim; Affolder, Anthony Allen; Afik, Yoav; Agatonovic-Jovin, Tatjana; Agheorghiesei, Catalin; ATLAS, Collaboration
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A search for weakly interacting massive dark-matter particles produced in association with bottom or top quarks is presented. Final states containing third-generation quarks and missing transverse momentum are considered. The analysis uses 36.1 fb^−1 of proton–proton collision data recorded by the ATLAS experiment at √s=13 TeV in 2015 and 2016. No significant excess of events above the estimated backgrounds is observed. The results are interpreted in the framework of simplified models of spin-0 dark-matter mediators. For colour-neutral spin-0 mediators produced in association with top quarks and decaying into a pair of dark-matter particles, mediator masses below 50 GeV are excluded assuming a dark-matter candidate mass of 1 GeV and unitary couplings. For scalar and pseudoscalar mediators produced in association with bottom quarks, the search sets limits on the production cross-section of 300 times the predicted rate for mediators with masses between 10 and 50GeV and assuming a dark-matter mass of 1GeV and unitary coupling. Constraints on colour-charged scalar simplified models are also presented. Assuming a dark-matter particle mass of 35GeV , mediator particles with mass below 1.1TeV are excluded for couplings yielding a dark-matter relic density consistent with measurements.