Impact of hadronic decays of the lightest neutralino on the reach of the CERN LHC

Howard Baer, Chih-hao Chen, Xerxes Tata
1997 Physical Review D, Particles and fields  
If $R$-parity is not conserved, the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) could decay via lepton number violating or baryon number violating interactions. The latter case is particularly insidious since it leads to a reduction of the $\eslt$ as well as leptonic signals for supersymmetry. We evaluate cross sections for jets plus $\eslt$, 1$\ell$, $2\ell$ (same-sign and opposite sign) and $3\ell$ event topologies that result from the simultaneous production of all sparticles at the CERN Large
more » ... t the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), assuming that the lightest supersymmetric particle $\tz_1$ decays hadronically inside the detector via $R$-parity violating interactions. We assume that these interactions do not affect the production rates or decays of other sparticles. We examine the SUSY reach of the LHC for this "pessimistic" scenario, and show that experiments at the LHC will still be able to search for gluinos and squarks as heavy as 1 TeV, given just 10 fb$^{-1}$ of integrated luminosity, even with cuts designed to explore the canonical SUSY framework with a {\it conserved} $R$-parity.
doi:10.1103/physrevd.55.1466 fatcat:aeghqa4ldjdtlhp5xihivsdhbi