- Search for scalar top quarks decaying into scalar tau leptons with ATLAS at √s = 8 TeV
- Award date
- 6 October 2017
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
This thesis presents a search for Supersymmetry carried out in a particular scenario arising from the Gauge Mediated Supersymmetry breaking mechanism that assumes a massless gravitino as lightest supersymmetric particle, a scalar tau lepton as next-to-lightest supersymmetric particle and the top squark as the lightest among the quark superpartners. The analysis is performed using the data collected by ATLAS at a centre-of-mass energy √s = 8 TeV during 2012 data taking, for a total of 20.3 fb−1 of integrated luminosity of proton-proton collisions. Scalar top quark candidates are searched for in events with either two light leptons, one hadronically decaying tau and one light lepton or two hadronically decaying taus in the final state. No significant excess over the Standard Model expectation is found and the results are interpreted as 95% confidence lower limits not top squark and scalar tau masses. Depending on the scalar tau mass, lower limits between 490 and 650 GeV are placed on the top squark mass within the model considered.
This thesis presents also the results of the track-based alignment of the ATLAS Inner Detector during 2015 data taking campaign and the characterisation of the mechanical deformation of the Insertable B-Layer as function of the operating temperature.
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