Hunting mixed top squark decays

Michael L. Graesser, Jessie Shelton

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We point out that, in the irreducible natural supersymmetric spectrum, top squarks have comparable branching fractions to chargino-bottom and neutralino-top final states in the vast bulk of parameter space, provided only that both decay modes are kinematically accessible. The total top squark pair branching fractions into tt̄+MET (MET=missing transverse energy) can therefore be reduced to O(50%), whereas bb̄+X branching fractions are typically much smaller, O(10%), thus limiting the reach of traditional top squark searches. We propose a new top squark search targeting the asymmetric final state tËœtËœ*→ tχ0b̄χ-+H.c., which can restore sensitivity to natural top squarks in the 7 and 8 TeV LHC runs. In addition, we present a new variable, topness, which efficiently suppresses the dominant top backgrounds to semileptonic top partner searches. We demonstrate the utility of topness in both our asymmetric search channel and traditional tËœt Ëœ*→tt̄+MET searches and show that it matches or outperforms existing variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number121802
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 18 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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