A search for leptoquark bosons and lepton flavor violation in e+ p collisions at HERA
The H1 Collaboration
C. Adloff33 - et al.
Received: 2 July 1999 / Published online: 28 September 1999Dedicated to the memory of our colleague and friend Marc David, deceased 23.01.99.
A search for new bosons possessing couplings to lepton-quark pairs is performed in the H1 experiment at HERA using 1994 to 1997 data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 37pb-1. First generation leptoquarks (LQs) are searched in very high Q2neutral (NC) and charged (CC) current data samples. The measurements are compared to Standard Model (SM) expectations from deep-inelastic scattering (DIS). A deviation in the Q2 spectrum previously observed in the 1994 to 1996 dataset at GeV2 remains, though with less significance. This deviation corresponded to a clustering in the invariant mass spectrum at GeV which is not observed with the 1997 dataset alone. The NC DIS data is used to constrain the Yukawa couplings of first generation scalar and vector LQs in the Buchmüller-Rückl-Wyler effective model. Scalar LQs are excluded for masses up to 275GeV for a coupling of electromagnetic strength, . A sensitivity to coupling values is established for masses up to 400GeV for any LQ type. The NC and CC DIS data are combined to constrain for arbitrary branching ratios of the LQ into eq in a generic model. For a decay branching ratio into e+ u pairs as small as , LQ masses up to 260GeV are ruled out for . LQs possessing couplings to mixed fermion generations, which could lead to signals of lepton flavor violation (LFV), are searched in events with a high transverse momentum or . No or event candidate is found that is compatible with LQ kinematics. Constraints are set on the Yukawa coupling involving the and lepton in a yet unexplored mass range.