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Search for Dark Gauge Bosons Decaying into Displaced Lepton-Jets in Proton-Proton Collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector

Date and time Mar 14, 2017
from 02:10 PM to 03:00 PM
Location MP134

Miriam Diamond

The dark photon (A'), the gauge boson carrier of a hypothetical new force, has been proposed in a wide range of Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) theories, and could serve as our window to an entire dark sector.  A massive A' could decay back to the SM with a significant branching fraction, through kinetic mixing with the SM photon.  If this A' can be produced from decays of a dark scalar that mixes with the SM Higgs, collider searches involving leptonic final states provide promising discovery prospects with rich phenomenology. This work presents the results of a search in 2015 ATLAS data for A's in the mass range of 0.2 to 10 GeV decaying into collimated jets of light leptons and mesons, so-called "lepton-jets".  No deviations from SM expectations are observed. Limits on benchmark models predicting Higgs decays to A's are derived as a function of the A' lifetime; limits are also established in the parameter space of A' mass vs kinetic mixing. Complementary to various other ATLAS A' searches, lepton-jet analyses will continue to expand in model coverage and in parameter space as data-taking continues at the LHC.

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