Searching for light neutralinos with a displaced vertex at the LHC

Giovanna Cottin, Juan Carlos Helo, Nicolás A. Neill, Fabián Hernández-Pinto, Zeren Simon Wang

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We study a bino-like light neutralino (χ~10) produced at the LHC from the decay of a scalar lepton (e~ L) through the process pp →e~ L→eχ~10 in the context of R-parity-violating (RPV) supersymmetry where χ~10 is the lightest supersymmetric particle. For small masses and RPV couplings, the neutralino is naturally long-lived and its decay products can be identified as displaced tracks. Following existing searches, we propose a displaced-vertex search strategy for such a light neutralino with a single RPV coupling switched on, λ111′, in the mass range 10 GeV ≲ mχ~10 ≲ 230 GeV. We perform Monte Carlo simulations and conclude that at the high-luminosity LHC, the proposed search can probe values of λ111′ down to two orders of magnitude smaller than current bounds and up to 40 times smaller than projected limits from monolepton searches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number95
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • New Light Particles
  • Supersymmetry


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