Odd top partners at the LHC

Archana Anandakrishnan, Jack H. Collins, Marco Farina, Eric Kuflik, Maxim Perelstein

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LHC searches for fermionic top partners T focus on three decay topologies: T→bW, T→tZ, and T→th. However, top partners may carry new conserved quantum numbers that forbid these decays. The simplest possibility is a conserved parity, under which the top partner is odd and all SM states are even. In this case, decays of top partners may involve new particle-odd scalars, leading to signal topologies more commonly associated with supersymmetry, either with or without R-parity conservation. We study a simplified model in which this possibility is realized, and estimate the bounds on the top partner mass in this model implied by LHC searches for supersymmetry. We find that the bounds can be significantly weaker than in the conventional top partner decay scenario. For example, if the new parity is exact, a 500 GeV top partner is allowed as long as the lightest parity-odd scalar mass is between 325 and 500 GeV. The lower allowed top partner mass reduces the need for fine-tuning in the Higgs mass parameter, compared to the conventional decay scenario. We also present an explicit model, the oddest little Higgs, which exhibits this phenomenology.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number075009
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number7
StatePublished - 5 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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