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Title: Search for pair production of third-generation scalar leptoquarks and top squarks in proton–proton collisions at $$\sqrt{s}$$=8 TeV

A search for pair production of third-generation scalar leptoquarks and supersymmetric top quark partners, top squarks, in final states involving tau leptons and bottom quarks is presented. The search uses events from a data sample of proton–proton collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb-1, collected with the CMS detector at the LHC with . The number of observed events is found to be in agreement with the expected standard model background. Third-generation scalar leptoquarks with masses below 740 GeV are excluded at 95% confidence level, assuming a 100% branching fraction for the leptoquark decay to a tau lepton and a bottom quark. In addition, this mass limit applies directly to top squarks decaying via an R-parity violating coupling . The search also considers a similar signature from top squarks undergoing a chargino-mediated decay involving the R-parity violating coupling. Each top squark decays to a tau lepton, a bottom quark, and two light quarks. Top squarks in this model with masses below 580 GeV are excluded at 95% confidence level. The constraint on the leptoquark mass is the most stringent to date, and this is the first search for top squarks decaying via λ'3jk .
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Report Number(s):
FERMILAB-PUB-14-322-CMS; CERN-PH-EP-2014-190; CMS-EXO-12-032
Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693; arXiv eprint number arXiv:1408.0806
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Published Article
Journal Name:
Physics Letters. Section B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 739; Journal ID: ISSN 0370-2693
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Contributing Orgs:
CMS Collaboration
Country of Publication:
United States
CMS; physics; leptoquark; top squark
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OSTI ID: 1234839