Light Higgsino decays as a probe of the NMSSM
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2015 American Physical Society. In the next-to-minimal supersymmetric standard model (NMSSM), a sizable coupling between the singlet and Higgs fields can naturally accommodate the observed Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV. This large coupling also results in a large separation between the Higgsino and singlino mass scales in the neutralino sector to evade stringent constraints from direct detection experiments. Most of the natural parameter space in this setup therefore contains light Higgsinos that can decay into the singlino and the 125 GeV Higgs. If the Higgsinos are to be light enough to be produced at the LHC, the mass gap m20-(m10+mh) is generally fairly low, resulting in small missing energy. We study the collider phenomenology of this process and demonstrate that the 4b+j+ET signal arising from ppi0j0jj process can be a viable channel to search for this low mass gap region at the 14 TeV LHC. In addition, we find that a potential signal from the LHC search, in tandem with direct detection experiments, can distinguish the NMSSM from the analogous process in the minimal supersymmetric standard model, where the bino plays the role of the singlino, for positive values of the parameter even when the additional singlet-dominated (pseudo)scalars are absent or indistinguishable from the Higgs in the decay.