Search for Dark Matter in Events with a Z Boson and Missing Transverse Momentum in pp Collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector


A search is presented for production of dark-matter particles recoiling against a leptonically decaying Z boson in 20.3 fb⁻¹ of pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. Events with large missing transverse momentum and two oppositely charged electrons or muons consistent with the decay of a Z boson are analyzed. No excess above the Standard Model prediction is observed. Limits are set on the mass scale of the contact interaction as a function of the dark-matter particle mass using an effective field theory description of the interaction of dark matter with quarks or with Z bosons. Limits are also set on the coupling and mediator mass of a model in which the interaction is mediated by a scalar particle.



Z bosons, Dark matter (Astronomy), Proton-proton interactions, Standard model (Nuclear physics)


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