Search for Low-Mass Quark-Antiquark Resonances Produced in Association with a Photon at root s=13 TeV

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2019
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A search for narrow low-mass resonances decaying to quark-antiquark pairs is presented. The search is based on proton-proton collision events collected at 13 TeV by the CMS detector at the CERN LHC. The data sample corresponds to an integrated luminosity of (35.9\text{}\text{}{\mathrm{fb}}^{-1}), recorded in 2016. The search considers the case where the resonance has high transverse momentum due to initial-state radiation of a hard photon. To study this process, the decay products of the resonance are reconstructed as a single large-radius jet with two-pronged substructure. The signal would be identified as a localized excess in the jet invariant mass spectrum. No evidence for such a resonance is observed in the mass range 10 to 125 GeV. Upper limits at the 95% confidence level are set on the coupling strength of resonances decaying to quark pairs. The results obtained with this photon trigger strategy provide the first direct constraints on quark-antiquark resonance masses below 50 GeV obtained at a hadron collider.

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Physics, Multidisciplinary, Physics
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Sirunyan, A. M., Tumasyan, A., Adam, W., Ambrogi, F., Bergauer, T., Brandstetter, J., Dragicevic, M., Erö, J., Escalante Del Valle, A., Flechl, M., Frühwirth, R., Jeitler, M., Krammer, N., Krätschmer, I., Liko, D., Madlener, T., Mikulec, I., Rad, N., … Schieck, J. (2019). Search for Low-Mass Quark-Antiquark Resonances Produced in Association with a Photon at s=13  TeV. In Physical Review Letters (Vol. 123, Issue 23). American Physical Society (APS). https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.123.231803