Search for heavy sterile neutrinos in trileptons at the LHC

Claudio O. Dib, C. S. Kim, Kechen Wang

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We present a search strategy for both Dirac and Majorana sterile neutrinos from the purely leptonic decays of W± → e± e± μ ν and μ± μ± e ν at the 14 TeV LHC. The discovery and exclusion limits for sterile neutrinos are shown using both the Cut-and-Count (CC) and Multi-Variate Analysis (MVA) methods. We also discriminate between Dirac and Majorana sterile neutrinos by exploiting a set of kinematic observables which differ between the Dirac and Majorana cases. We find that the MVA method, compared to the more common CC method, can greatly enhance the discovery and discrimination limits. Two benchmark points with sterile neutrino mass mN = 20 GeV and 50 GeV are tested. For an integrated luminosity of 3000 fb-1, sterile neutrinos can be found with 5σ significance if heavy-to-light neutrino mixings /U Ne/2∼/U/2∼ 10-6, while Majorana vs. Dirac discrimination can be reached if at least one of the mixings is of order 10-5.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103103
JournalChinese Physics C
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct

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Funding Information:
Received 3 May 2017, Revised 11 July 2017 ∗ K. W. was Supported by the International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship Program (No.90 Document of OCPC, 2015); C. S. K. by the NRF grant funded by the Korean government of the MEST (No. 2016R1D1A1A02936965); and C. D. by Chile grants Fondecyt No. 1130617, Conicyt ACT 1406 and PIA/Basal FB0821 1) E-mail: 2) E-mail: 3) E-mail: Corresponding author Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. Article funded by SCOAP3 and published under licence by Chinese Physical Society and the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and IOP Publishing Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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