Search for resonant production of dark quarks in the dijet final state with the ATLAS detector

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Aad G., Abbott B., Abeling K., Abicht N., Abidi S., Aboulhorma A., ...More

Journal of High Energy Physics, vol.2024, no.2, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2024 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/jhep02(2024)128
  • Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, INSPEC, zbMATH, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Beyond Standard Model, Dark Matter, Exotics, Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This paper presents a search for a new Z′ resonance decaying into a pair of dark quarks which hadronise into dark hadrons before promptly decaying back as Standard Model particles. This analysis is based on proton-proton collision data recorded at s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider between 2015 and 2018, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1. After selecting events containing large-radius jets with high track multiplicity, the invariant mass distribution of the two highest-transverse-momentum jets is scanned to look for an excess above a data-driven estimate of the Standard Model multijet background. No significant excess of events is observed and the results are thus used to set 95% confidence-level upper limits on the production cross-section times branching ratio of the Z′ to dark quarks as a function of the Z′ mass for various dark-quark scenarios.