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Limits on contact interactions and leptoquarks at HERA


ZEUS Collaboration, 
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Max Planck Society and Cooperation Partners;

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ZEUS Collaboration (2019). Limits on contact interactions and leptoquarks at HERA. Physical Review D, 99, 092006. Retrieved from https://publications.mppmu.mpg.de/?action=search&mpi=MPP-2019-303.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-D70F-9
High-precision HERA data corresponding to a luminosity of around 1 fb$^{-1}$ have been used in the framework of $eeqq$ contact interactions (CI) to set limits on possible high-energy contributions beyond the Standard Model to electron-quark scattering. Measurements of the inclusive deep inelastic cross sections in neutral and charged current $ep$ scattering were considered. The analysis of the $ep$ data has been based on simultaneous fits of parton distribution functions including contributions of CI couplings to $ep$ scattering. Several general CI models and scenarios with heavy leptoquarks were considered. Improvements in the description of the inclusive HERA data were obtained for a few models. Since a statistically significant deviation from the Standard Model cannot be established, limits in the TeV range were set on all models considered.