Search for the production of a long-lived neutral particle decaying within the ATLAS hadronic calorimeter in association with a Z boson from pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV

ATLAS Collaboration, Paul Newman

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Abstract

This Letter presents a search for the production of a long-lived neutral particle (Zd) decaying within the ATLAS hadronic calorimeter, in association with a standard model (SM) Z boson produced via an intermediate scalar boson, where Z→ℓ+(ℓ=e, μ). The data used were collected by the ATLAS detector during 2015 and 2016 pp collisions with a center-of-mass energy of √s=13  TeV at the Large Hadron Collider and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 36.1±0.8  fb−1. No significant excess of events is observed above the expected background. Limits on the production cross section of the scalar boson times its decay branching fraction into the long-lived neutral particle are derived as a function of the mass of the intermediate scalar boson, the mass of the long-lived neutral particle, and its cτfrom a few centimeters to one hundred meters. In the case that the intermediate scalar boson is the SM Higgs boson, its decay branching fraction to a long-lived neutral particle with a cτ approximately between 0.1 and 7 m is excluded with a 95% confidence level up to 10% for mZd between 5 and 15 GeV.
Original languageEnglish
Article number151801
Number of pages19
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume122
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

25 pages in total, author list starting page 10, 2 figures, 2 tables, final version published in PRL. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/EXOT-2017-24/

Keywords

  • hep-ex

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