Search for decays of stopped, long-lived particles from 7 TeV pp collisions with the ATLAS detector


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Aad G., Abbott B., Abdallah J., Abdelalim A. A. , Abdesselam A., Abdinov O., ...More

EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C, vol.72, no.4, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 72 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-012-1965-6
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN PHYSICAL JOURNAL C

Abstract

New metastable massive particles with electric and colour charge are features of many theories beyond the Standard Model. A search is performed for long-lived gluino-based R-hadrons with the ATLAS detector at the LHC using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 31 pb(-1). We search for evidence of particles that have come to rest in the ATLAS detector and decay at some later time during the periods in the LHC bunch structure without proton-proton collisions. No significant deviations from the expected backgrounds are observed, and a cross-section limit is set. It can be interpreted as excluding gluino-based R-hadrons with masses less than 341 GeV at the 95 % C.L., for lifetimes from 10(-5) to 10(3) seconds and a neutralino mass of 100 GeV.