Search for new non-resonant phenomena in high-mass dilepton final states with the ATLAS detector

Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abbott, DC, Abud, A, Abeling, K, Abhayasinghe, DK, Abidi, SH, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H
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A search for new physics with non-resonant signals in dielectron and dimuon final states in the mass range above 2 TeV is presented. This is the first search for non-resonant signals in dilepton final states at the LHC to use a background estimate from the data. The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 139 fb$^{-1}$, were recorded by the ATLAS experiment in proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of $\sqrt{s} = 13$ TeV during Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider. The benchmark signal signature is a two-quark and two-lepton contact interaction, which would enhance the dilepton event rate at the TeV mass scale. To model the contribution from background processes a functional form is fit to the dilepton invariant-mass spectra in data in a mass region below the region of interest. It is then extrapolated to a high-mass signal region to obtain the expected background there. No significant deviation from the expected background is observed in the data. Upper limits at 95 % CL on the number of events and the visible cross-section times branching fraction for processes involving new physics are provided. Observed (expected) 95 % CL lower limits on the contact interaction energy scale reach 35.8 (37.6) TeV.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 37 pages in total, author list starting page 21, 4 figures, 6 tables, published in JHEP. Erratum: JHEP 04 (2021) 142. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at <>
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 10:50
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:21
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP11(2020)005
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