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Stop Co-Annihilation in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model Revisited


Vogl,  Stefan
Division Prof. Dr. Manfred Lindner, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Pierce, A., Shah, N. R., & Vogl, S. (2018). Stop Co-Annihilation in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model Revisited. Physical Review D, 97(2): 023008. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1706.01911.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-B46B-D
We re-examine the stop co-annihilation scenario of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model, wherein a bino-like lightest supersymmetric particle has a thermal relic density set by co-annihilations with a scalar partner of the top quark in the early universe. We concentrate on the case where only the top partner sector is relevant for the cosmology, and other particles are heavy. We discuss the cosmology with focus on low energy parameters and an emphasis on the implications of the measured Higgs boson mass and its properties. We find that the irreducible direct detection signal correlated with this cosmology is generically well below projected experimental sensitivity, and in most cases lies below the neutrino background. A larger, detectable, direct detection rate is possible, but is unrelated to the co-annihilation cosmology. LHC searches for compressed spectra are crucial for probing this scenario.