Upper bounds on sparticle masses from naturalness or how to disprove weak scale supersymmetry

Howard Baer, Vernon Barger, Michael Savoy
2016 Physical Review D  
While it is often stated that the notion of electroweak (EW) naturalness in supersymmetric models is subjective, fuzzy and model-dependent, here we argue the contrary: electroweak naturalness can be elevated to a {\it principle} which is both objective and predictive. We demonstrate visually when too much fine-tuning sets in at the electroweak scale which corresponds numerically to the measure \Delta_{BG}~\Delta_{EW}> 30. While many constrained SUSY models are already excluded by this value, we
more » ... d by this value, we derive updated upper bounds on sparticle masses within the two-extra parameter non-universal Higgs model (NUHM2). We confirm the classic Barbieri-Giudice (BG) result that \Delta_{BG}<30 implies mu <350 GeV. However, by combining dependent soft terms which appear as multiples of m_{3/2} in supergravity models, then we obtain m(gluino)< 4 TeV as opposed to the BG result that m(gluino)<350 GeV. We compare the NUHM2 results to a similar scan in the pMSSM with 19 weak scale parameters. In the pMSSM with complete one-loop scalar potential plus dominant two-loop terms, then a m(gluino)<7 TeV bound is found. Our tabulation of upper bounds provides a target for experimenters seeking to discover or else falsify the existence of weak scale supersymmetry. In an Appendix, we show contributions to the naturalness measure from one-loop contributions to the weak scale scalar potential.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.93.035016 fatcat:ckge54f3nffb3jsi3aplvnmfzm