Searching for dark matter with tt¯ resonance

Afik, Yoav (Aff1, 0000000121102151, Department of Physics, Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel) ; Gozani, Eitan (Aff1, 0000000121102151, Department of Physics, Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel) ; Rozen, Yoram (Aff1, 0000000121102151, Department of Physics, Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)

13 March 2019

Abstract: Many models containing particles which are candidates for dark matter, assume the standard model particles and the dark matter candidates are mediated by a spin-0 particle. At the LHC, one can use these models for dark matter searches. One of the possible approaches for the search of these models is by considering the decay of the spin-0 particle to a pair of tt¯ , thus modifying the pattern of the top quark pair invariant mass spectrum. This search suggests a good sensitivity in a parameter space different than the more traditional searches. We examine this sensitivity and put limits on two benchmark models containing candidates for dark matter, using previous ATLAS results. It was found that when the mediator mass ( mY0 ) and the dark matter candidate mass ( mχ ) have values of mY0∼2·mχ , mediator masses in the range of [400, 600] GeV are excluded. We compare our results to direct detection experiments and show that we gain sensitivity for new regions which are not covered by other searches.


Published in: EPJC 79 (2019) 230
Published by: Springer/Società Italiana di Fisica
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-019-6758-8
License: CC-BY-3.0



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