Search for a light neutralino of cosmological interest at the CERN LHC

Suyong Choi, S. Scopel, N. Fornengo, A. Bottino

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We address the problem of a search at the LHC for a neutralino whose mass is around 10 GeV, i.e. in the range of interest for present data of direct search for dark matter particles in the galactic halo. This light neutralino is here implemented in an effective Minimal Supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model at the electroweak scale without requirement of a gaugino mass unification at a grand unification scale. In this model, light neutralinos that have the right cosmological properties and are able to explain current results of direct dark matter detection naturally arise. Within this model we identify a specific benchmark which maximizes chances of detection at the LHC, and we determine its prospects of reconstructing the main features of the light neutralino framework at different stages of the LHC runs. Our main result is that the LHC will hardly properly reconstruct the mass of such a light neutralino, due to the intrinsic difficulty in reconstructing the mass of light stable particles in relativistic events. However, the associated measurement of the mass of the heavier neutralinos allows us to point toward the right pattern of gaugino nonuniversality. Other relevant parameters of this model, like slepton and squark masses, can be reconstructed to a good level of precision.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035009
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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