Sunday, August 4, 2013

1308.0320 (Diptimoy Ghosh)

Boosted di-boson from a mixed heavy stop    [PDF]

Diptimoy Ghosh
The lighter mass eigenstate ($\widetilde{t}_1$) of the two top squarks, the scalar superpartners of the top quark, is extremely difficult to discover if it is almost degenerate with the lightest neutralino ($\widetilde{\chi}_1^0$), the lightest and stable supersymmetric particle in the R-parity conserving supersymmetry. The current experimental bound on $\widetilde{t}_1$ mass in this scenario stands only around 200 GeV. For such a light $\widetilde{t}_1$, the heavier top squark ($\widetilde{t}_2$) can also be around the TeV scale. Moreover, the high value of the higgs ($h$) mass prefers the left and right handed top squarks to be highly mixed allowing the possibility of a considerable branching ratio for $\widetilde{t}_2 \to \widetilde{t}_1 h$ and $\widetilde{t}_2 \to \widetilde{t}_1 Z$. In this paper, we explore the above possibility together with the pair production of $\widetilde{t}_2$ $\widetilde{t}_2^*$ giving rise to the spectacular di-boson + missing transverse energy final state. For an approximately 1 TeV $\widetilde{t}_2$ and a few hundred GeV $\widetilde{t}_1$ the final state particles can be moderately boosted which encourages us to propose a novel search strategy employing the jet substructure technique to tag the boosted $h$ and $Z$. The reconstruction of the $h$ and $Z$ momenta also allows us to construct the stransverse mass $M_{T2}$ providing an additional efficient handle to fight the backgrounds. We show that a 4--5$\sigma$ signal can be observed at the 14 TeV LHC for $\sim$ 1 TeV $\widetilde{t}_2$ with 100 fb$^{-1}$ integrated luminosity.
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