Search for scalar top and scalar bottom quarks
at = 183 GeV at LEP
The OPAL Collaboration
K.Ackerstaff - et al.
8 CERN, European Organisation for Particle Physics, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
Received: 3 July 1998 / Published online: 29 October 1998
Searches for a scalar top quark and a scalar bottom quark have been performed using a total data sample of 56.8 pb-1 at a centre-of-mass energy of 183GeV collected with the OPAL detector at LEP. No candidate events were observed. Combining this result with those obtained at lower centre-of-mass energies, the 95% C.L. lower limit on the scalar top quark mass is 85.0GeV if the mixing angle between the supersymmetric partners of the left- and right-handed states of the top quark is zero. The lower limit is 81.3GeV, even if the scalar top quark decouples from the boson. These limits were obtained assuming that the scalar top quark decays into a charm quark and the lightest neutralino, and that the mass difference between the scalar top quark and the lightest neutralino is larger than 10GeV. The complementary decay mode of the scalar top quark in which it decays into a bottom quark, a charged lepton and a scalar neutrino was also studied. From a similar analysis, a mass limit on the light scalar bottom quark was set at 82.7GeV for a mass difference between the scalar bottom quark and the lightest neutralino larger than 7GeV, and at 84.0GeV for the mass difference larger 10GeV and the lightest neutralino heavier than 30GeV. These limits were obtained assuming that the scalar bottom quark decays into a bottom quark and the lightest neutralino, and that a mixing angle between the supersymmetric partners of the left- and right-handed states of the bottom quark is zero.