Searches at HERA for squarks in R-parity violating supersymmetry

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A search for squarks in R-parity violating supersymmetry is performed in e(+)p collisions at HERA at a centre of mass energy of 300 GeV, using HI data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 37 pb(-1). The direct production of single squarks of any generation in positron-quark fusion via a Yukawa coupling lambda' is considered, taking into account R-parity violating and conserving decays of the squarks. No significant deviation from the Standard Model expectation is found. The results are interpreted in terms of constraints within the minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM), the constrained MSSM and the minimal Supergravity model, and their sensitivity to the model parameters is studied in detail. For a Yukawa coupling of electromagnetic strength, squark masses below 260 GeV are excluded at 95% confidence level in a large part of the parameter space. For a 100 times smaller coupling strength masses up to 182 GeV are excluded.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-657
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2001