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Top Polarization in Sbottom Decays at the LHC


We perform a comprehensive analysis of the polarization of the top quarks originating from sbottom-pair production at the LHC, followed by sbottom decays to top+chargino. We study moreover the expected net polarization of top quarks produced in sbottom-to-chargino and stop-to-neutralino decays in scenarios with small chargino - neutralino mass difference, where these decays may be hard to distinguish. We show that, in contrast to top quarks produced via the Standard Model processes, the average polarization of top quarks originating from these SUSY decays can obtain any value between +1 and -1. We further study the effect of this polarization on the top quark decay kinematics. On the one hand this may be used to construct measures of this polarization, on the other hand it may be used to enhance the search reach in certain scenarios. Exploiting top polarization may also prove useful for searches for "natural" SUSY with light higgsinos, which is typically very difficult to detect at the LHC.

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in2p3-00813085 , version 1 (15-04-2013)


  • HAL Id : in2p3-00813085 , version 1
  • ARXIV : 1304.2987


G. Belanger, R.M. Godbole, S. Kraml, S. Kulkarni. Top Polarization in Sbottom Decays at the LHC. 2013. ⟨in2p3-00813085⟩
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