Search for light Higgs bosons from supersymmetric cascade decays in pp collisions at √s=13TeV

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A search is reported for pairs of light Higgs bosons (H 1) produced in supersymmetric cascade decays in final states with small missing transverse momentum. A data set of LHC pp collisions collected with the CMS detector at s=13TeV and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 138 fb-1 is used. The search targets events where both H 1 bosons decay into [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] pairs that are reconstructed as large-radius jets using substructure techniques. No evidence is found for an excess of events beyond the background expectations of the standard model (SM). Results from the search are interpreted in the next-to-minimal supersymmetric extension of the SM, where a “singlino” of small mass leads to squark and gluino cascade decays that can predominantly end in a highly Lorentz-boosted singlet-like H 1 and a singlino-like neutralino of small transverse momentum. Upper limits are set on the product of the squark or gluino pair production cross section and the square of the [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] branching fraction of the H 1 in a benchmark model containing almost mass-degenerate gluinos and light-flavour squarks. Under the assumption of an SM-like [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] branching fraction, H 1 bosons with masses in the range 40–120 GeV arising from the decays of squarks or gluinos with a mass of 1200–2500 GeV are excluded at 95% confidence level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number571
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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