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Particles and Fields

Eur. Phys. J. C 19, 143-154
DOI: 10.1007/s100520100550

Signatures of MSSM charged Higgs bosons via chargino-neutralino decay channels at the LHC

M. Bisset1, M. Guchait2 and S. Moretti3

1  Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, 100084 Beijing, P.R. China
2  DESY Theorie, Notkestrasse 85, 22603 Hamburg, Germany
3  Particle Physics Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX, UK


(Received: 21 October 2000 / Published online: 23 February 2001 -© Springer-Verlag 2001 )

We assess the potential of detecting a charged Higgs boson of the MSSM at the LHC via its decays into a chargino and a neutralino. We focus our attention on the region of parameter space with $m_{H^{\pm}} > m_t$ and $3 \lesssim \tan \beta \lesssim 10$, where identification of the $H^{\pm}$ via other decay modes has proven to be ineffective. Searching for means to plug this hole, we simulate the decays $H^{\pm} \rightarrow {\tilde\chi}_1^{\pm}{\tilde\chi}_1^0$ and $H^{\pm} \rightarrow {\tilde\chi}_1^{\pm}{\tilde\chi}_2^0,
{\tilde\chi}_1^{\pm}{\tilde\chi}_3^0$ -the former can yield a single hard lepton (from the chargino decay) while the latter can yield three leptons (from the chargino and neutralino decays). Coupled with the dominant top quark + charged Higgs boson production mode, the resulting signature is one or three hard, isolated leptons, substantial missing transverse momentum and a reconstructed (via a 3-jet invariant mass) top quark. The single lepton channel is swamped by background processes; however, with suitable cuts, a trilepton signal emerges. While such a signal suffers from a low number of surviving events (after cuts) and is dependent on several MSSM input parameters (notably $M_{\scriptscriptstyle 2}$, $\mu$, and slepton masses), it does fill at least some of the void left by previous investigations.

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