Jul 5 – 12, 2017
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Naturalness and light Higgsinos: why ILC is the right machine for SUSY discovery

Jul 7, 2017, 5:15 PM
Room Welles (Palazzo del Casinò)

Room Welles

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Higgs and New Physics Higgs and new physics


Ms Suvi-Leena Lehtinen (DESY) Suvi-Leena Lehtinen (DESY)


Radiatively-driven natural Supersymmetry, a theoretically and experimentally well-motivated framework, centers around the predicted existence of four light, nearly mass-degenerate Higgsinos with mass $\sim 100-200$ GeV (not too far above $m_Z$). Their small mass splittings of at most 20 GeV implies very little visible energy of accompanying Standard Model particles decayed from heavier Higgsinos. Given that other SUSY particles are considerably heavy, this makes detection challenging at hadron colliders. On the other hand, the clean environment of an electron-positron collider with $\sqrt{s}>2m_{Higgsino}$ would enable a decisive search of these required Higgsinos, and thus either the discovery or exclusion of natural SUSY. We present a detailed simulation study of precision measurements of Higgsino masses and production cross sections at $\sqrt{s}$ = 500 GeV of the proposed International Linear Collider currently under consideration for construction in Japan. The study is based on a Geant4 simulation of the International Large Detector concept. We examine several benchmark points just beyond the HL-LHC reach, with a mass spectrum containing four light Higgsinos directly accessible by the ILC, and the mass differences between the lightest SUSY particle and the heavier states ranging from about 4 to 20 GeV. It can be shown that their masses and production cross sections are able to be precisely measured to approximately 1% precision or better. These precise measurements allow for extracting the underlying weak scale SUSY parameters. The fitted parameters give predictions for the masses of heavier SUSY states, which provide motivation for future high-energy colliders. Additionally, dark matter properties may be derived. Evolution of the measured gaugino masses to high energies should allow one to distinguish the hypothesis of gaugino mass unification from other compelling possibilities such as mirage mediation.

Primary authors

Dr Jacqueline Yan (KEK) Prof. Jenny List (DESY) Dr Mikael Berggren (DESY) Prof. Howard Baer (Univ of Oklahoma) Dr Tomohiko Tanabe (Univ of Tokyo) Prof. Keisuke Fujii (KEK)

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