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Search for stable hadronising squarks and gluinos with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC

  • Author(s): Aad, G
  • Abbott, B
  • Abdallah, J
  • Abdelalim, AA
  • Abdesselam, A
  • Abdinov, O
  • Abi, B
  • Abolins, M
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Acerbi, E
  • Acharya, BS
  • Adams, DL
  • Addy, TN
  • Adelman, J
  • Aderholz, M
  • Adomeit, S
  • Adragna, P
  • Adye, T
  • Aefsky, S
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA
  • Aharrouche, M
  • Ahlen, SP
  • Ahles, F
  • Ahmad, A
  • Ahsan, M
  • Aielli, G
  • Akdogan, T
  • Åkesson, TP
  • Akimoto, G
  • Akimov, AV
  • Alam, MS
  • Alam, MA
  • Albrand, S
  • Aleksa, M
  • Aleksandrov, IN
  • Aleppo, M
  • Alessandria, F
  • Alexa, C
  • Alexander, G
  • Alexandre, G
  • Alexopoulos, T
  • Alhroob, M
  • Aliev, M
  • Alimonti, G
  • Alison, J
  • Aliyev, M
  • Allport, PP
  • Allwood-Spiers, SE
  • Almond, J
  • Aloisio, A
  • Alon, R
  • Alonso, A
  • Alviggi, MG
  • Amako, K
  • Amaral, P
  • Amelung, C
  • Ammosov, VV
  • Amorim, A
  • Amorós, G
  • Amram, N
  • Anastopoulos, C
  • Andeen, T
  • Anders, CF
  • Anderson, KJ
  • Andreazza, A
  • Andrei, V
  • Andrieux, ML
  • Anduaga, XS
  • Angerami, A
  • Anghinolfi, F
  • Anjos, N
  • Annovi, A
  • Antonaki, A
  • Antonelli, M
  • Antonelli, S
  • Antos, J
  • Anulli, F
  • Aoun, S
  • Bella, LA
  • Apolle, R
  • Arabidze, G
  • Aracena, I
  • Arai, Y
  • Arce, ATH
  • Archambault, JP
  • Arfaoui, S
  • Arguin, JF
  • Arik, E
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2011 CERN Hitherto unobserved long-lived massive particles with electric and/or colour charge are predicted by a range of theories which extend the Standard Model. In this Letter a search is performed at the ATLAS experiment for slow-moving charged particles produced in proton–proton collisions at 7 TeV centre-of-mass energy at the LHC, using a data-set corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 34 pb−1. No deviations from Standard Model expectations are found. This result is interpreted in a framework of supersymmetry models in which coloured sparticles can hadronise into long-lived bound hadronic states, termed R-hadrons, and 95% CL limits are set on the production cross-sections of squarks and gluinos. The influence of R-hadron interactions in matter was studied using a number of different models, and lower mass limits for stable sbottoms and stops are found to be 294 and 309 GeV respectively. The lower mass limit for a stable gluino lies in the range from 562 to 586 GeV depending on the model assumed. Each of these constraints is the most stringent to date.

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