Likelihood analysis of the pMSSM11 in light of LHC 13-TeV data

E. Bagnaschi*, K. Sakurai, M. Borsato, O. Buchmueller, M. Citron, J. C. Costa, A. De Roeck, M. J. Dolan, J. R. Ellis, H. Flächer, S. Heinemeyer, M. Lucio, D. Martínez Santos, K. A. Olive, A. Richards, V. C. Spanos, I. Suárez Fernández, G. Weiglein

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We use MasterCode to perform a frequentist analysis of the constraints on a phenomenological MSSM model with 11 parameters, the pMSSM11, including constraints from ∼ 36 /fb of LHC data at 13 TeV and PICO, XENON1T and PandaX-II searches for dark matter scattering, as well as previous accelerator and astrophysical measurements, presenting fits both with and without the (g- 2) μ constraint. The pMSSM11 is specified by the following parameters: 3 gaugino masses M1 , 2 , 3, a common mass for the first-and second-generation squarks mq~ and a distinct third-generation squark mass mq~3, a common mass for the first-and second-generation sleptons mℓ~ and a distinct third-generation slepton mass mτ~, a common trilinear mixing parameter A, the Higgs mixing parameter μ, the pseudoscalar Higgs mass MA and tan β. In the fit including (g- 2) μ, a Bino-like χ~10 is preferred, whereas a Higgsino-like χ~10 is mildly favoured when the (g- 2) μ constraint is dropped. We identify the mechanisms that operate in different regions of the pMSSM11 parameter space to bring the relic density of the lightest neutralino, χ~10, into the range indicated by cosmological data. In the fit including (g- 2) μ, coannihilations with χ~20 and the Wino-like χ~1± or with nearly-degenerate first- and second-generation sleptons are active, whereas coannihilations with the χ~20 and the Higgsino-like χ~1± or with first- and second-generation squarks may be important when the (g- 2) μ constraint is dropped. In the two cases, we present χ2 functions in two-dimensional mass planes as well as their one-dimensional profile projections and best-fit spectra. Prospects remain for discovering strongly-interacting sparticles at the LHC, in both the scenarios with and without the (g- 2) μ constraint, as well as for discovering electroweakly-interacting sparticles at a future linear e+e- collider such as the ILC or CLIC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number256
Number of pages38
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number3
Early online date24 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2018

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48 pages, 24 figures, 65 plots, 6 tables; version published on EPJC


  • hep-ph
  • astro-ph.HE
  • hep-ex

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Bagnaschi, E., Sakurai, K., Borsato, M., Buchmueller, O., Citron, M., Costa, J. C., De Roeck, A., Dolan, M. J., Ellis, J. R., Flächer, H., Heinemeyer, S., Lucio, M., Martínez Santos, D., Olive, K. A., Richards, A., Spanos, V. C., Suárez Fernández, I., & Weiglein, G. (2018). Likelihood analysis of the pMSSM11 in light of LHC 13-TeV data. European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields, 78(3), [256].