Prospects for measuring the mass of heavy, long-lived neutral particles that decay to photons Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • We describe a novel way to measure the mass of heavy, long-lived neutral particles that decay to photons using collider experiments. We focus on a Light Neutralino and Gravitino model in a Gauge Mediated Supersymmetry Breaking scenario where the neutralino has a long-lifetime O(ns) as it is not excluded by current experiments. To illustrate our method and give sensitivity estimates we use recent CDF results and a production mechanism where sparticles are produced via i} X̃10 X̃10 (gamma;G̃) (gamma;G̃) in which i indicates a neutral scalar boson, widetilde{chi}-01 is the lightest neutralino and widetilde{G} is the gravitino, as a full set of background shapes and rates are available. Events can be observed in the exclusive photon plus Missing E T final state where one photon arrives at the detector with a delayed time of arrival. Surprisingly, a simple measurement of the slope of the delayed-time distribution with the full CDF dataset is largely insensitive to all but the mass and allows for the possibility of determining its mass to approximately 25% of itself. © 2013 SISSA, Trieste, Italy.

author list (cited authors)

  • Hong, Z., & Toback, D.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • September 2013