Cornering electroweakinos at the LHC
High Energy Physics - Phenomenology | High Energy Physics - Experiment
arxiv: High Energy Physics::Phenomenology | High Energy Physics::Experiment
Squeezed supersymmetric spectra are challenging for the LHC searches based on a sizable missing energy and hard visible particles. One such scenario consists of chargino/second-lightest neutralino NLSPs and a lightest neutralino LSP with a relatively small mass gap (10-50GeV). In this note, we explore search strategies to better probe this parameter space. We focus on the three-lepton plus missing energy channel arising from the chargino/second-lightest neutralino associated production, and we investigate the role of a relatively hard initial state radiation (ISR) jet. In addition to typical kinematic variables, such as the minimum lepton pair invariant mass, we propose an angular separation variable and two ratio variables which capitalize on the main kinematic features; leptons stay relatively soft under the boost from ISR and a sizable missing energy arises only in tight correlation with the ISR boost. With 300/fb of data at the 14 TeV LHC, we expect to probe electroweakinos up to 320 (700) GeV with 30GeV mass-gap and up to 220 (620) GeV with 20GeV mass-gap if gauginos decay via gauge bosons (light sleptons). We emphasize that the three-lepton channel is technically challenging for mass-gap below 12GeV.