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Vector boson fusion searches for dark matter at the LHC

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Original languageEnglish
Article number113013
Number of pages15
JournalPhysical Review D
DateAccepted/In press - 12 Apr 2016
DatePublished (current) - 22 Jun 2016


The vector boson fusion (VBF) event topology at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) allows efficient suppression of dijet backgrounds and is therefore a promising target for new physics searches. We consider dark matter models which interact with the Standard Model through the electroweak sector: either through new scalar and pseudoscalar mediators which can be embedded into the Higgs sector, or via effective operators suppressed by some higher scale, and therefore have significant VBF production cross-sections. Using realistic simulations of the ATLAS and CMS analysis chain, including estimates of major error sources, we project the discovery and exclusion potential of the LHC for these models over the next decade.

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