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
Aaboud, Morad; Aad, Georges; Abbott, Brad; Abdinov, Ovsat Bahram oglu; Abeloos, Baptiste; Abhayasinghe, Deshan Kavishka; Abidi, Syed Haider; AbouZeid, Hass; Abraham, Nadine L.; Abramowicz, Halina; Buanes, Trygve; Eigen, Gerald; Fomin, Nikolai; 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; Gramstad, Eirik; Hellesund, Simen; Morisbak, Vanja; Oppen, Henrik; Ould-Saada, Farid; Pedersen, Maiken; Read, Alexander Lincoln; Røhne, Ole Myren; Sandaker, Heidi; Serfon, Cédric; Stapnes, Steinar; Vadla, Knut Oddvar Høie; Abreu, Henso; Abulaiti, Yiming; Acharya, Bobby S.; Adachi, Shunsuke; Adamczyk, Leszek; Adelman, Jareed; Adersberger, Michael; Adigüzel, Aytül; Adye, Tim; Affolder, Anthony Allen; Afik, Yoav; Agheorghiesei, Catalin; Aguilar Saavedra, Juan Antonio; ATLAS, Collaboration
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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.