Polarized charginos (and top quarks) in scalar top quark decays

Ian Low*

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Current searches for direct production of scalar top quarks, or stops, in supersymmetry focus on their decays into bW+χ Ëœ0 by way of tχËœ0 and bχËœ+. While the polarization of the top quark depends on the stop mixing, the chargino turns out to be fully polarized when the bottom Yukawa coupling can be neglected relative to the top Yukawa coupling. We compute the energy and angular spectra of the charged lepton in the chargino channel, which could serve as the spin analyzer of the chargino. In addition, we demonstrate the top polarization could have a significant impact on the selection efficiencies in direct stop samples at the LHC, while the effect from the chargino polarization is less pronounced. Two observables in the laboratory frame, the opening angle between the charged lepton and the b quark and the energy of the b quark, are also proposed to optimize searches in the chargino channel versus the top channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number095018
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 22 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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