Bayesian implications of current LHC and XENON100 search limits for the CMSSM

Andrew Fowlie*, Artur Kalinowski, Malgorzata Kazana, Leszek Roszkowski, Y. L.Sming Tsai

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The CMS Collaboration has released the results of its search for supersymmetry, by applying an α T method to 1.1/fb of data at 7 TeV. The null result excludes (at 95% C.L.) a low-mass region of the Constrained MSSM's parameter space that was previously favored by other experiments. Additionally, the negative result of the XENON100 dark matter search has excluded (at 90% C.L.) values of the spin-independent scattering cross sections σpSI as low as 10 -8pb. We incorporate these improved experimental constraints into a global Bayesian fit of the Constrained MSSM by constructing approximate likelihood functions. In the case of the α T limit, we simulate detector efficiency for the CMS α T1.1/fb analysis and validate our method against the official 95% C.L. contour. We identify the 68% and 95% credible posterior regions of the CMSSM parameters, and also find the best-fit point. We find that the credible regions change considerably once a likelihood from α T is included, in particular, the narrow light Higgs resonance region becomes excluded, but the focus point/horizontal branch region remains allowed at the 1σ level. Adding the limit from XENON100 has a weaker additional effect, in part due to large uncertainties in evaluating σpSI, which we include in a conservative way, although we find that it reduces the posterior probability of the focus point region to the 2σ level. The new regions of high posterior favor squarks lighter than the gluino and all but one Higgs bosons heavy. The dark matter neutralino mass is found in the range 250GeV m χ 343GeV (at 1σ) while, as the result of improved limits from the LHC, the favored range of σpSI is pushed down to values below 10 -9pb. We highlight tension between δ(g-2)μSUSY and BR(B̄→X sγ), which is exacerbated by including the α T limit; each constraint favors a different region of the CMSSM's mass parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075012
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


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