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Search for new phenomena in events containing a same-flavour opposite-sign dilepton pair, jets, and large missing transverse momentum in √s=13 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector

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Article number144
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Volume77
Number of pages40
StatePublished
Early online date4/03/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Two searches for new phenomena in final states containing a same-flavour opposite-sign lepton (electron or muon) pair, jets, and large missing transverse momentum are presented. These searches make use of proton–proton collision data, collected during 2015 and 2016 at a centre-of-mass energy s√=13s=13 TeVTeV by the ATLAS detector at the large hadron collider, which correspond to an integrated luminosity of 14.7 fb−114.7 fb−1 . Both searches target the pair production of supersymmetric particles, squarks or gluinos, which decay to final states containing a same-flavour opposite-sign lepton pair via one of two mechanisms: a leptonically decaying Z boson in the final state, leading to a peak in the dilepton invariant-mass distribution around the Z boson mass; and decays of neutralinos (e.g. χ~02→ℓ+ℓ−χ~01χ~20→ℓ+ℓ−χ~10 ), yielding a kinematic endpoint in the dilepton invariant-mass spectrum. The data are found to be consistent with the Standard Model expectation. Results are interpreted in simplified models of gluino-pair (squark-pair) production, and provide sensitivity to gluinos (squarks) with masses as large as 1.70 TeVTeV (980 GeVGeV ).