- Constraining Dark Matter Interactions with Pseudoscalar and Scalar Mediators Using Collider Searches for Multijets plus Missing Transverse Energy
- Physical Review Letters
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- 115 | 18
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
The monojet search, looking for events involving missing transverse energy (E-T) plus one or two jets, is the most prominent collider dark matter search. We show that multijet searches, which look for E-T plus two or more jets, are significantly more sensitive than the monojet search for pseudoscalar-and scalar-mediated interactions. We demonstrate this in the context of a simplified model with a pseudoscalar interaction that explains the excess in GeVenergy gamma rays observed by the Fermi Large Area Telescope. We show that multijet searches already constrain a pseudoscalar interpretation of the excess in much of the parameter space where the mass of the mediator M-A is more than twice the dark matter mass m(DM). With the forthcoming run of the Large Hadron Collider at higher energies, the remaining regions of the parameter space where M-A > 2m(DM) will be fully explored. Furthermore, we highlight the importance of complementing the monojet final state with multijet final states to maximize the sensitivity of the search for the production of dark matter at colliders.
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