Search for heavy charged long-lived particles in proton–proton collisions at √s=13TeV using an ionisation measurement with the ATLAS detector

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This Letter presents a search for heavy charged long-lived particles produced in proton–proton collisions at √s=13TeV at the LHC using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1fb−1 collected by the ATLAS experiment in 2015 and 2016. These particles are expected to travel with a velocity significantly below the speed of light, and therefore have a specific ionisation higher than any high-momentum Standard Model particle of unit charge. The pixel subsystem of the ATLAS detector is used in this search to measure the ionisation energy loss of all reconstructed charged particles which traverse the pixel detector. Results are interpreted assuming the pair production of R-hadrons as composite colourless states of a long-lived gluino and Standard Model partons. No significant deviation from Standard Model background expectations is observed, and lifetime-dependent upper limits on R-hadron production cross-sections and gluino masses are set, assuming the gluino always decays to two quarks and a 100GeV stable neutralino. R-hadrons with lifetimes above 1.0ns are excluded at the 95%confidence level, with lower limits on the gluino mass ranging between 1290GeV and 2060GeV. In the case of stable R-hadrons, the lower limit on the gluino mass at the 95% confidence level is 1890GeV.

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36 pages in total, author list starting page 20, 6 figures, 2 tables, final version published in Physics Letters B. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-116
Number of pages21
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Early online date1 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2019


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