Supersymmetry at a 28 TeV hadron collider: HE-LHC

Supersymmetry at a 28 TeV hadron collider: HE-LHC

Amin Aboubrahim111Email:  and Pran Nath222Email:
Department of Physics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115-5000, USA

Abstract: The discovery of the Higgs boson at GeV indicates that the scale of weak scale supersymmetry is higher than what was perceived in the pre-Higgs boson discovery era and lies in the several TeV region. This makes the discovery of supersymmetry more challenging and argues for hadron colliders beyond LHC at TeV. The Future Circular Collider (FCC) study at CERN is considering a 100 TeV collider to be installed in a 100 km tunnel in the Lake Geneva basin. Another 100 km collider being considered in China is the Super proton-proton Collider (SppC). A third possibility recently proposed is the High-Energy LHC (HE-LHC) which would use the existing CERN tunnel but achieve a center-of-mass energy of 28 TeV by using FCC magnet technology at significantly higher luminosity than at the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). In this work we investigate the potential of HE-LHC for the discovery of supersymmetry. We study a class of supergravity unified models under the Higgs boson mass and the dark matter relic density constraints and compare the analysis with the potential reach of the HL-LHC. A set of benchmarks are presented which are beyond the discovery potential of HL-LHC but are discoverable at HE-LHC. For comparison, we study model points at HE-LHC which are also discoverable at HL-LHC. For these model points, it is found that their discovery would require a HL-LHC run between 5-8 years while the same parameter points can be discovered in a period of few weeks to yr at HE-LHC running at its optimal luminosity of cm s. The analysis indicates that the HE-LHC possibility should be seriously pursued as it would significantly increase the discovery reach for supersymmetry beyond that of HL-LHC and decrease the run period for discovery.

1 Introduction

The discovery of the Higgs boson [1, 2, 3] mass at GeV  [4, 5] has put stringent constraints on the scale of weak scale supersymmetry. Thus within supersymmetry and supergravity unified theories a Higgs boson mass of GeV requires a very significant loop correction which points to the scale of weak scale supersymmetry lying in the several TeV region [6, 7, 8, 9]. As a result, the observation of the Higgs boson mass at GeV makes the discovery of supersymmetry more difficult. This difficulty arises on two fronts. First, the large scale of weak scale supersymmetry implies that the average mass of the sparticles, specifically of sfermions, is significantly higher than what was thought in the pre-Higgs boson discovery era. This leads to a suppression in the production of sparticles at colliders. Second, in high scale unified models such as supergravity grand unified models (SUGRA) [10] (for a review see [11]) with R-parity conservation, the satisfaction of the relic density consistent with WMAP [12] and the PLANCK [13] experimental data requires coannihilation [14] which means that the next to lightest supersymmetric particle (NLSP) lies close to the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP). The close proximity of the NLSP to the LSP means that the decay of the NLSP to the LSP will result in light detectable final states, i.e., leptons and jets, making the detection of supersymmetry more difficult.

In view of the above, the non-observation of supersymmetry thus far is not surprising. In fact, as argued recently, the case for supersymmetry is stronger after the Higgs boson discovery [15] and we discuss briefly the underlying reasons for the pursuit of supersymmetry. Thus one of the attractive features of supersymmetry is the resolution of the large hierarchy problem related to the quadratic divergence of the loop correction to the Higgs boson mass by quark loops and its cancellation by squark loops. This situation is very much reminiscent of the cancellation of the up quark contribution by the charm quark contribution in resolving the flavor changing neutral current problem which lead to the discovery of the charm quark. In that case a natural cancellation occurred up to one part in while for the Higgs boson case a natural cancellation occurs up to one part in in order to cancel the quadratic divergence in the Higgs boson mass square. Thus the cancellation for the Higgs boson case is even more compelling than for the flavor changing neutral current case. Aside from that, a heavy weak scale of supersymmetry resolves some problems specific to supersymmetry. Thus supersymmetry brings with it new CP violating phases which can generate very large EDMs for the quarks and the leptons which are in violation of experiment if the squark and slepton masses are in the sub TeV region. A solution to this problem requires fine tuning, or a cancellation mechanism [16, 17]. However, if the squark and slepton masses are large, one has a more natural suppression of the EDM consistent with experiment [18, 19].

Another potential problem for a low scale of weak scale supersymmetry concerns proton decay from baryon and lepton number violating dimension five operators. For a low scale of weak scale supersymmetry, a suppression of this again requires a fine tuning but for scale of weak scale supersymmetry lying in the several TeV region this suppression is more easily accomplished [20, 21]. We note in passing that the unification of gauge coupling constants is satisfied to a good degree of accuracy in models with scalar masses lying in the tens of TeV as for the case when the weak scale of supersymmetry lies in the sub TeV region [22].

The LHC has four phases which we may label as LHC1-LHC4. The LHC1 phase at TeV lead to the discovery of the Higgs boson. We are currently in the LHC2 phase where TeV and it will continue till the end of 2018 and by that time the CMS and the ATLAS detectors are each expected to collect 150 fb of integrated luminosity. LHC will then shut down for two years in the period 2019-2020 for upgrade to LHC3 which will operate at 14 TeV in the period 2021-2023. In this period each of the detectors will collect additional 300 fb of data. LHC will then shut down for a major upgrade to high luminosity LHC (HL-LHC or LHC4) for a two and a half years in the period 2023-2026 and will resume operations in late 2026 and run for an expected 10 year period till 2036. At the end of this period it is expected that each detector will collect additional data culminating in 3000 fb. Beyond LHC4, higher energy colliders have been discussed. These include a 100 TeV hadron collider at CERN and a 100 TeV proton-proton collider in China each of which requires a circular ring of about 100 km [23, 24].

Recently, a 28 TeV collider at CERN has been discussed [25, 26, 27, 28, 29] as a third possibility for a hadron collider beyond the LHC which has the virtue that it could be built using the existing ring at CERN by installing 16 T superconducting magnets using FCC technology capable of enhancing the center-of-mass energy of the collider to 28 TeV. Further, HE-LHC will operate at a luminosity of cms and collect 10-12 ab of data. This set up necessarily means that a larger part of the parameter space of supersymmetric models beyond the reach of the 14 TeV collider will be probed. Also, supersymmetric particles that could be discovered at the HL-LHC may be discoverable at 28 TeV at a much lower integrated luminosity. In this work we investigate supersymmetry signatures at LHC-28 (or HE-LHC) and compare the integrated luminosity necessary for a 5 discovery of a set of supergravity benchmark points with what one would obtain at LHC-14. The analysis is done under the constraints of the Higgs boson mass at 125 2 GeV and the relic density constraint on neutralino dark matter of . For a bino-like LSP, satisfaction of the relic density constraint requires coannihilation. Specifically for the set of benchmarks considered, the chargino is the NLSP and one has chargino coannihilation in cases where the LSP is bino-like. Here we use nonuniversal supergravity models with nonuniversalities in the gaugino (and Higgs) sector to investigate a range of neutralino, chargino and gluino masses that are discoverable at the HE-LHC.
The outline of the rest of the paper is as follows: In section 2 we discuss the SUGRA models and the benchmarks investigated in this work. These benchmarks are listed in Table 2 and they satisfy all the desired constraints. In section 3 we discuss the prominent discovery channels used to investigate the discovery of the benchmarks at and TeV. Here we first discuss the various codes used in the analysis. It is found that the most prominent channels for discovery include single lepton, two lepton, and three lepton channels along with jets. Details of these analyses are given in sections 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3. Thus in section 3.1 an analysis of the benchmarks using a single lepton and jets in the final state is investigated; in section 3.2 an analysis using two leptons and jets in the final states is discussed and in section 3.3, an analysis is given using 3 leptons and jets in the final state. An estimate of uncertainties is given in section 4. A discussion of dark matter direct detection for the benchmarks of Table 2 is given in section 5 while conclusions are given in section 6. The analysis of this work is illustrated by several tables and figures which are called at appropriate points in the various sections.

2 SUGRA model benchmarks

In Table 2 we give a set of benchmark SUGRA models. These models are consistent with the constraints of radiative breaking of the electroweak symmetry (for review see [30]), the Higgs boson mass constraint and the relic density constraint. In high scale models the neutralino often turns out to be mostly a bino and thus its annihilation requires the presence of another sparticle in close proximity, i.e., coannihilation (for early work see [14]). Coannihilation arises in supergravity models in a variety of ways with universal as well as with non-universal boundary conditions at the grand unification scale, , taken to be GeV. The non-universalities include those in the gaugino sector [31, 32, 33], in the matter sector and in the Higgs sector [34]. These boundary conditions lead to a vast landscape of sparticle mass hierarchies [35]. Coannihilation necessarily leads to a partially compressed sparticle spectrum. [Compressed spectra have been investigated in a number of recent works see, e.g., [36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42]. For experimental searches for supersymmetry with compressed spectra see [43, 44, 45])]. For the models of Table 2 the NLSP is the light chargino whereby for points (g)-(j) the LSP is bino-like and satisfaction of the relic density constraint is realized by chargino coannihilation. To achieve chargino coannihilation we need to have non-universal supergravity models with non-universalities in the and the sectors. Thus the parameter space of the models is given by


where is the universal scalar mass, is the universal trilinear scalar coupling at the grand unification scale, , where gives mass to the up-type quarks and gives mass to the down-type quarks and the leptons, and sgn is the sign of the Higgs mixing parameter which enters in the superpotential in the form . In the analysis we consider values of the universal scalar mass which, although high, arise quite naturally on the hyperbolic branch of radiative breaking of the electroweak symmetry. All of the parameter points given in Table 2 are not currently probed at the LHC and are thus not ruled out by experiment [46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52]. Table 3 shows qualitatively two types of parameter points. Thus model points (a)-(f) have the neutralino and the chargino masses close to 1 TeV while the gluino is also relatively light. For model points (g)-(j) of Table 2, we have neutralino and the chargino masses lying below 200 GeV while the gluino is much heavier. In each case the Higgs boson mass and the relic density constraints are satisfied and a compressed spectrum is obtained. For model points (a)-(f) of Table 2 the compressed spectrum involves while for models points (g)-(j) of Table 2, it involves (see Fig. 1). In these models the sfermions are all heavy with the lightest sfermion mass lying in the several TeV range. However, as argued previously, the TeV size scalars can be quite natural in SUGRA models since the weak scale could be large and natural on the hyperbolic branch of radiative breaking of the electroweak symmetry in SUGRA models [53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59].
The analysis is performed at the current LHC energy of 14 TeV and at the proposed center-of-mass energy of 28 TeV. For each of the model points defined by Eq. (1) at the GUT scale, the RGE’s are run down to the electroweak scale to obtain the entire SUSY sparticle spectrum. This is performed using SoftSUSY 4.1.0 [60, 61] which determines the Higgs boson mass at the two-loop level. The input parameters of the SUGRA model are given in Table 2 and the results obtained from SoftSUSY are shown in Table 3 consistent with the Higgs boson mass and the relic density constraints, with the latter calculated using micrOMEGAs 4.3.2 [62]. SUSY Les Houches Accord formatted data files are processed using PySLHA [63]. It is clear from Table 3 that the mass difference between the chargino and the LSP is small, i.e.,

and is essential to drive the relic density to within the observed limits in a parameter space where the LSP is bino-like. This is observed for points (g)-(j), while points (a)-(f) have an LSP which is wino-like and this explains the lower values of the relic density. There is a certain range of LSP-chargino mass gap which can still keep the relic density in check. As mentioned before, the LSP, chargino, stop and gluino masses presented in this analysis are still not excluded by the current LHC analyses.
We analyze final states coming from the production and subsequent decay of a second neutralino in association with a chargino on one hand and a gluino pair on the other hand. The leading order (LO) production cross-sections of and are presented in Table 4 for two LHC center-of-mass energies: 14 and 28 TeV. A plot of the production cross-sections of the ten benchmark points is presented in Fig. 2 where the left panel exhibits the gluino pair production cross-sections and the right panel is for the second neutralino-chargino production, both plotted against different center-of-mass energies. The subsequent decay branching ratios of the gauginos are given in Table 5 which, along with the decay widths, are calculated by SDECAY and HDECAY operating within SUSY-HIT [64].

3 Discovery channels for benchmarks

The SUSY signal involving the direct production of are simulated at LO using MADGRAPH 2.6.0 [65] with the NNPDF23LO PDF set. The obtained parton-level sample is then passed to PYTHIA8 [66] for showering and hadronization. Because we are interested in soft final states, no hard jets were added at the generator-level and so no matching/merging scheme is involved here. The necessary soft jets are added at the showering level. To give a boost to the final state particles, the initial (ISR) and the final state radiation (FSR) are relied upon for this purpose. The simulation of the direct production of a gluino pair is also carried out by MADGRAPH with up to one extra parton at the generator level. A five-flavor MLM matching is performed with the shower-kt scheme using PYTHIA8 for showering and hadronization with the merging scale set at 120 GeV. Finally, ATLAS detector simulation and event reconstruction is performed by DELPHES 3.4.1 [67] where clustering into jets is done by FastJet [68] with a jet radius parameter 0.6 and using the anti- algorithm [69].
For the 14 TeV backgrounds, we use the ones generated by the SNOWMASS group [70]. As for the 28 TeV samples, they are simulated at LO using MADGRAPH 2.6.0 with the NNPDF30LO PDF set [71]. The cross-section is then multiplied by the appropriate K-factor so that it is close to its next-to-leading order (NLO) value. The resulting hard process is then passed on to PYTHIA8 for showering and hadronization. To avoid double counting of jets, a five-flavor MLM matching is performed on the samples and the ATLAS detector simulation and event reconstruction is carried out by DELPHES 3.4.1. The SM backgrounds are classified as dominant and subdominant, where the subdominant backgrounds were given a K-factor of 1.
A large set of search analyses were performed on the generated events for each benchmark point. The analyses used ROOT 6.08.06 [72] to implement the constraints of the search region for the signal regions involving leptons, jets and missing transverse energy in the final state.

3.1 The single lepton channel

The analysis of signatures with leptons has the advantage of being clean, i.e. contamination from QCD multi-jets is negligible. However, the downside of it is that the branching ratios for lepton signatures are relatively small. The first channel we consider involves a single prompt light lepton in the final state, along with at least two jets and missing transverse energy. The standard model backgrounds pertaining to this final state include + jets, , diboson, + jets and . For both production processes, the single lepton comes mainly from the decay of a chargino. However, for the pair production (benchmark points (g)-(j)) of Table 2, the final states are soft due to the small mass gap between the LSP and the chargino while for the gluino pair production case (benchmark points (a)-(f)) of Table 2, the electroweak gauginos are heavy ( TeV) and hence we expect harder final states. For this reason, each signal region has two sets of selection criteria, one which targets soft final states (arising from a compressed spectrum) and given the suffix “comp” and another targeting harder final states (arising from production) and given the suffix “”. Note that the terms “electroweakino production” and “ production” are often used interchangeably in the text and thus refer to the same process. A pre-selection cut on the missing transverse energy, GeV, is applied to both signal and background samples. Isolated leptons and jets are required to have GeV. The kinematic variables used for this signal region are:

  • The lepton transverse mass


    which is used to reduce and backgrounds, where the boson decays leptonically, due to the fact that has a kinematical endpoint at the boson mass. In terms of jets, we could also define , the minimum of the transverse masses for the first two leading jets, which has the same effect on the above mentioned backgrounds.

  • The ratio defined as


    Unlike the background, the signal tends to have a value of closer to one because of the missing energy arising from the LSPs in the final state. This ratio turns out to be a powerful variable in discriminating signal from background.

  • is defined as the scalar sum of all the jets’ transverse momenta in an event.

  • The effective mass, , is given by


    Both and tend to have values higher than the background especially in processes involving gluino pair production.

  • The variable is effective in eliminating possible multi-jet background events.

  • The Fox-Wolfram moments are given by [73]


    where is the separation angle between the two jets, is the total jet visible energy in an event and are the Legendre polynomials. In particular, we use the normalized second Fox-Wolfram moment defined as . This event shape observable is mostly effective for hard jets which is why it is only applied to the second set targeting gluino pair production.

The selection criteria for this SR using the above kinematic variables are listed in Table 6. Each SR has three subsets labeled as SR-A, SR-B and SR-C which correspond to a variation of the ratio . Observables and cuts that do not apply to a particular SR are left blank in the table. By comparing, for instance, cuts on and , one can see that those observables have smaller values for the SR -comp which looks for soft final states, in comparison with - where much larger values are considered due to harder final states. The selection criteria is applied to the signal samples and to the 14 TeV and 28 TeV standard model backgrounds. The surviving events are used to determine the integrated luminosity for a discovery. The results obtained for 14 TeV and 28 TeV are shown in Table 9 for all benchmark points of Table 2. One can see that for LHC-14 most of the points cannot be discovered even with the HL-LHC as the required integrated luminosity exceeds 3000. Only points (a) and (g) are discoverable but require integrated luminosity greater than 1500. As for LHC-28, it is clear that all points can be discovered using the one lepton channel with an integrated luminosity as low as 32 (in SR-C for point (a)) which, given that such a machine may collect data at a rate of /year, may be attained within the first few weeks of operation.
For the gluino pair production case, the largest is for point (a) followed by point (e), but those two points perform very differently with point (e) requiring much more integrated luminosity for discovery than the other points (except (f)). The reason is that for point (e), the chargino is almost degenerate with the LSP and hence the produced leptons are extremely soft and will not be reconstructed. In this case the single lepton is coming from the semi-leptonic decay of a top quark originating from the decay of a gluino (see Table 5) and this has a small branching ratio. In figures 3-5, we exhibit the distributions in different kinematic variables for points (b), (e) and (f) at 1500 of integrated luminosity. The distributions show that even after applying the cuts, the signal is still buried under the 14 TeV backgrounds, while an excess is observed in all variables for the 28 TeV case. This is reflected in the calculated integrated luminosities of Table 9.
Given that the obtained integrated luminosities for the 14 TeV case were larger than 3000 for most of the points, one must ask if optimizing the cuts for only the 14 TeV will improve the results. One could actually see that by looking at Fig. 6 which exhibits the distributions in and for benchmark point (g). Unlike the other points in Figs. 3-5 where the signal is under the background, one can see that in Fig. 6 an excess is observed over the SM background. Those distributions have been plotted after all cuts, except and , were applied. For the purpose of optimizing the cuts, we consider the SR -comp which applies to the points (g)-(j) of the pair production. Instead of varying the cuts on , we fix it to and vary the cuts on instead, which now become [200,450] for SR-A, [250,450] for SR-B and [250,420] for SR-C. The results obtained are tabulated in Table 1.

for discovery at 14 TeV
SR + jets SR -Opt + jets
(g) 3573 3463 2311 1477 1730 1938
(h) 4972 4884 4133 2572 2872 3212
(i) 5232 5210 4790 3131 3666 4131
(j) 6160 6089 6039 3484 3934 4385
Table 1: Comparison between the estimated integrated luminosity, in fb, for a 5 discovery at 14 TeV obtained before and after optimizing cuts in the single lepton channel.

It is clear that there is a noticeable improvement in the integrated luminosities whereby points (g) and (h) are now discoverable at the HL-LHC. However, the integrated luminosities for those points at 28 TeV are still smaller. We note that no significant improvement is seen when trying to optimize the cuts for the 14 TeV case for the gluino production, i.e. points (a)-(f).

3.2 The Two lepton channel

The second signal region (SR) consists of two same flavor opposite sign (SFOS) leptons which originate from the decay of the second neutralino through an off-shell boson (except for point (f) where the boson is produced on-shell). The chargino will decay into jets through a boson (mostly off-shell) and an LSP (see Table 5). Hence this signal region under consideration here (named -SFOS) consists of two SFOS light leptons, at least two jets and missing transverse energy. The leptonic decay of the second neutralino has a small branching ratio making this SR challenging and thus we do not expect it to perform as well as the single lepton channel. Further, the topology of this SUSY decay is very similar to standard model processes, i.e., the signal has the same shape as the SM background for some key kinematic variables which we discuss later.

The dominant standard model backgrounds for the SFOS final state consists of , + jets, diboson and dilepton production from off-shell vector bosons. Subdominant backgrounds consists of Higgs production via gluon fusion ( H) and vector boson fusion (VBF). The selection criteria for this SR are presented in Table 7 where, again, two classes are considered: -SFOS-comp targeting soft final states from the pair production (points (g)-(j)) and -SFOS- which is more suited for heavier electroweakinos resulting from the gluino decay (points (a)-(f)). Some of the discriminating variables used here overlap with the ones in the single lepton channel. The distinct ones include:

  • The ratio describes the asymmetry between the two leading jets and is given by


    This quantity is most effective when the mass gap between the NLSP and the LSP is small and thus will be used in this SR -SFOS-comp.

  • The definition of the effective mass, , for this SR region is modified to become

  • The variable  [74, 75, 76] defined as


    where is an arbitrary vector chosen to find the appropriate minimum and is the transverse mass given by


    This variable defined for the dilepton case is effective in reducing SM and backgrounds.

  • The ratio for this SR becomes


In Table 7 each of the two signal regions is divided into three sub-regions, SR-A, SR-B and SR-C which correspond to variations in the separation between the SFOS leptons, , for -SFOS-comp and the lepton transverse mass, , for -SFOS-. Again, one can see in Table 7 that harder cuts are applied to the -SFOS- signal region. The cut on the dilepton invariant mass, is kept low for -SFOS-comp which removes backgrounds coming from the decay of a boson. A similar cut is applied to the SR -SFOS-, named -veto, such that any dilepton mass within 10 GeV of the boson pole mass is rejected. An additional veto on b-tagged and -tagged jets is applied to the SR 2-SFOS-comp. After applying the cuts of Table 7, the integrated luminosities required for a discovery are calculated and displayed in Table 10. As expected, this SR does not perform as well as the single lepton channel did where much lower integrated luminosities are observed. Since the integrated luminosity scales like , then doubling the center-of-mass energy means that the target integrated luminosity for the HE-LHC is around four times that of the HL-LHC. Hence, we expect that a total of up to 10 or 12 of data to be collected at the HE-LHC. In Table 10, we can see that points (g)-(j) can be discovered with an integrated luminosity of 267 for point (g) and for point (h). The rest of the points belonging to the gluino pair production case do not perform as well as in the single lepton channel. Points (e) and (f) are eliminated as they require more than 12 for discovery in this particular SR.

In order to showcase the distribution of the signal versus the background for this SR, we display in Fig. 7 scatter plots for some key kinematic variables. In the top left panel, a scatter plot in the - plane is shown for point (d) at TeV. One can see, as expected, that the signal (colored in orange) is clustered close to while the background is spread away which explains why a cut on close to 1 is needed to extract the signal. The top right panel shows a scatter plot in the - plane for the same points after applying all the cuts except for the cuts on and . The vertical and horizontal lines (with the arrows) show the position of the cuts on those variables. As a result, almost all of the signal points are maintained (in orange) and background (in red) is eliminated which has the largest remaining contribution after the cuts.

3.3 The three lepton channel

The final signal region to be considered is that of the three lepton channel. We require that two of the three selected leptons form a SFOS pair and no restrictions on the flavor and charge of the third lepton. For the SUSY signal, the SFOS pair comes from the decay of the second neutralino and the third lepton from the chargino decay. This channel also has a branching ratio smaller than the single lepton case. In cases where multiple SFOS pairs are present in an event, the transverse mass, is calculated for the unpaired lepton for each SFOS pairing and the minimum of the transverse masses, , is chosen and assigned to the boson mass. This variable and others used in this SR are listed in Table 8. The variable is the transverse momentum of the three-lepton system, is as defined by Eq. (8) and the ratio becomes




As before, a pre-selection cut, GeV, is applied. The three variations, SR-A, SR-B and SR-C, correspond to different values of the ratio . The dominant backgrounds for this channel are SM diboson processes. Other contributing processes include trivector, (), + jets, , , dilepton production from off-shell vector bosons and Higgs production processes. After applying the cuts, the resulting integrated luminosities required for a discovery are calculated and shown in Table 11. The parameter points in Table 11 are discoverable with luminosities ranging from for point (d) to for point (i) at 28 TeV while none of these points would be visible at 14 TeV. The other points are removed from the table since they require a minimum integrated luminosity of more than 3000 for 14 TeV and 12 for 28 TeV. Despite having a higher production cross-section for a gluino pair, point (c) has a lower effective cross-section into the three-lepton final state, i.e. which explains why the integrated luminosity for point (d) is lower. Similar to the two lepton channel, we show a scatter plot of point (d) in the - plane for this SR. This is displayed in the bottom panel of Fig. 7 and again shows the signal clustered near .

4 Estimate of uncertainties

In this section we give a rough estimate of the uncertainties associated with cross-section calculations which need to be propagated into the evaluated integrated luminosities. Theoretical systematic uncertainties arise from the renormalization and factorization scale variation, emission scale variation (for MLM merging), central scheme variation and parton distribution functions (PDF). For the gluino production cross-sections and the standard model backgrounds, we estimate and for the neutralino-chargino case systematics. Monte-Carlo simulation adds an uncertainty of for signal and for background. Experimental uncertainties are numerous but the largest contributions usually come from jet energy scale (JES) and jet energy resolution (JER), along with diboson production. Those uncertainties affect each SR differently. Based on [47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52], for SR-, experimental uncertainties can amount to , for SR--SFOS and SR- . The combined theoretical and experimental systematics for the signal and background are summarized in Table 12. The range of values given for the signal systematics correspond to the neutralino-chargino production (lower bound) and gluino pair production (upper bound). The propagated uncertainties in the integrated luminosities are displayed in Table 13 for the leading and sub-leading SRs of the benchmark points of Table 2.

The analysis of this section shows that the dominant discovery channel for the class of models of Table 2 is most often the channel with a single lepton plus jets. This is exhibited in Table 13 where the discovery channel for all the parameter points is the single lepton plus jets channel, with the exception of point (g) where the discovery channel is the two lepton plus jets channel, SR-2 SFOS-A. From Tables 1, 9, 10 and 11 only the parameter points (a), (g), (h) and (i) are discoverable at HL-LHC while all the parameter points (a)-(j) are discoverable at HE-LHC. For those points which are discoverable both at HL-LHC and HE-LHC, i.e., the points (a), (g), (h) and (i), the time scale for discovery at HE-LHC will be much shorter. Thus the discovery of points (a), (g), (h) and (i) would require a run of HL-LHC for yr for (a) and (g), and yr for (h) and (i). The run period for discovery of these at HE-LHC will be weeks for (a), months for (g), yr for (h) and yr for (i) using the projection that HE-LHC will collect 820 fb of data per year [27].

5 Dark matter

We examine the detectability of the benchmark points of Table 2 through direct detection of the neutralino which with R-parity is the dark matter candidate in SUGRA models over most of the parameter space of models [77]. The gaugino-higgsino content of the LSP determines the extent of detectability by virtue of the spin-independent (SI) and spin-dependent (SD) proton-neutralino cross-section. The neutralino is a mixture of a bino, wino and higgsinos, thus , where represents the bino content, the wino and and the higgsino content. For points (a)-(f) the LSP is wino-like with , , and , which explains the small dark matter relic density (see Table 3), while for points (g)-(j) the LSP is bino-like, with , and and are negligible. It must be noted that point (i) is obtained in a non-universal Higgs scenario and thus has a higher higgsino content such that . This has a significant effect on the SI and SD cross-sections which are displayed in Table 14 for all the benchmark points. The analysis shows that the SI cross sections lie below the current limits of XENON IT and LUX-ZEPLIN [78, 79] and often close to or even below the neutrino floor [80] which is the threshold for detectability. However, some of the parameter space may be accessible to LUX-ZEPLIN in the future.

6 Conclusions

The discovery of the Higgs boson mass at GeV indicates the scale of weak scale supersymmetry lying in the several TeV region. A scale of this size is needed to generate a large loop correction that can boost the tree level mass of the Higgs boson which in supersymmetry lies below the -boson mass to its experimentally observed value. The high scale of weak scale supersymmetry makes the observation of supersymmetry at colliders more difficult pointing to the need for colliders with energies even higher than the current LHC energy. Presently we are in the LHC2 phase with TeV center-of-mass energy. This phase is expected to last till the end of the year 2018 and it is projected that the CMS and ATLAS detectors will each have an integrated luminosity of 150 by then. Thus at the end of 2018, LHC will shut down for an upgrade to LHC3 which will have a center-of-mass energy of 14 TeV, and will have its run in the period 2021-2023. In this period it is expected to collect 300 of data. The final upgrade LHC4 is a high luminosity upgrade also referred to as HL-LHC, which will occur over the period 2023-2026 and thereafter it will make a run over a ten year period and each detector is expected to collect up to 3000 of data. A number of possibilities for the next collider after the LHC are under discussion. For supersymmetry, a proton-proton collider is the most relevant machine and here possibilities include a 100 TeV machine. At CERN a 100 TeV hadron collider will requires a 100 km circumference ring compared to the current 26.7 km circumference of the LHC collider. A second possible 100 km collider called Super proton-proton Collider (SppC) is being considered in China. Recently a new proposal, HE-LHC, which would be a 28 TeV LHC has been discussed [25, 26, 27, 28, 29]. The main advantage of this possibility is that this 28 TeV machine does not require a new tunnel and the upgrade in energy can be realized by use of more powerful 16 T magnets using FCC technology compared to the 8.3 T magnets currently used by the LHC.

In this work we have examined the potential for the discovery of supersymmetry within a class of high scale models at 28 TeV. In the analysis we also make a comparison of the discovery potential at HE-LHC with that of HL-LHC. The set of benchmarks we consider are based on well-motivated SUGRA models with radiative breaking of the electroweak symmetry. The models have scalar masses in the several TeV region and gaugino masses which are much lighter consistent with the Higgs boson mass constraint and the constraint of relic density for the lightest neutralino. All the benchmarks considered lie in regions which are not excluded by the current LHC data. The satisfaction of the relic density constraint requires chargino co-annihilation which implies that the mass gap between the NLSP and the LSP is much smaller than the LSP mass which makes the detection of supersymmetry challenging which is typically the case for models with compressed spectra. In the analysis we utilized several signature channels which include single lepton, two lepton, and three lepton channels accompanied with jets. Two sets of model points were analyzed, those which are beyond the reach of HL-LHC and, for comparison, also parameter points which are discoverable at HL-LHC. For model points which are also discoverable at HL-LHC, it is found that their discovery at HE-LHC would take a much shorter time reducing the run period of 5-8 yr at HL-LHC to a run period of few weeks to yr at HE-LHC. Thus HE-LHC is a powerful tool for the discovery of supersymmetry and deserves serious consideration.

Acknowledgments: We thank Darien Wood for discussions related to HE-LHC and Baris Altunkaynak for discussions regarding some technical aspects of the analysis. The analysis presented here was done using the resources of the high-performance Cluster353 at the Advanced Scientific Computing Initiative (ASCI) and the Discovery Cluster at Northeastern University. This research was supported in part by the NSF Grant PHY-1620575.

7 Tables

(a) 13998 30376 2155 1249 556 28
(b) 9528 22200 2281 1231 573 34
(c) 9288 20898 2471 1411 620 40
(d) 28175 62830 2634 1541 751 41
(e) 20335 44737 2459 1133 550 24
(f) 22648 50505 2700 1585 675 15
(g) 16520 37224 385 274 1685 16
(h) 48647 106537 537 432 2583 26
(i) 14266 -28965 371 224 2984 20
(j) 41106 108520 687 599 7454 42
Table 2: Input parameters for the benchmark points used in this analysis. All points are obtained in non-universal gaugino models except for point (i) which is in a non-universal gaugino and Higgs scenario with and . All masses are in GeV.
(a) 123.7 8022 973 1056 4730 1363 0.039
(b) 125.4 6287 1023 1033 2080 1404 0.035
(c) 123.4 5588 1110 1187 2883 1510 0.048
(d) 123.5 15488 1188 1272 10032 1745 0.048
(e) 123.9 11725 948 948 6775 1329 0.020
(f) 124.4 13674 1236 1348 6976 1620 0.112
(g) 124.2 10400 134.2 150.6 5271 3927 0.121
(h) 123.7 26052 154.3 175.7 18591 5880 0.105
(i) 124.1 1146 165.2 188.9 4171 6705 0.114
(j) 125.3 29685 162.4 187.3 10405 15575 0.105
Table 3: The Higgs boson () mass, the parameter and some relevant sparticle masses, and the relic density for the benchmark points of Table 2. All masses are in GeV.
(a) 0.029 0.67
(b) 0.023 0.55
(c) 0.012 0.34
(d) 0.004 0.14
(e) 0.036 0.79
(f) 0.007 0.23
(g) 4.11 10.34
(h) 2.25 5.86
(i) 1.65 4.38
(j) 1.78 4.71
Table 4: Top table: Production cross-section for the two gluino production cross section to leading order at TeV and TeV center-of-mass energy for the top six benchmarks points of Table 2 where the cross sections are in pico-barns. Bottom table: Same as the top table except the production cross section is for the second neutralino and the light chargino process for the four bottom benchmark points of Table 2.
Model 333For Br(, the boson is produced on-shell
(a) 0.66 0.29 0.05 1.0
(b) 0.33 0.53 0.13 0.32
(c) 0.63 0.33 0.04 0.33
(d) 0.48 0.40 0.12 1.0
(e) 0.36 0.63 0.01 0.25
(f) 0.73 0.20 0.07 1.0
(g) 0.88 0.12 0.67 0.33
(h) 0.84 0.16 0.67 0.33
(i) 0.68 0.32 0.67 0.33
(j) 0.94 0.06 0.67 0.33
Table 5: Branching ratios for the dominant decays of and for benchmark points of Table 2 where
SR 1-comp SR 1-
Requirement SR-A SR-B SR-C SR-A SR-B SR-C
2 2 2 2 2 2
150 150 150
7 7 7 10 10 10
0.6 0.7 0.85 0.7 0.8 0.85
0.5 0.5 0.5
110 110 110
80 80 80
50 50 50
100 100 100
200 200 200
Table 6: The selection criteria (SR) used for the single lepton + jets signal region. The SR 1-comp targets soft final states resulting from the electroweakino () production and 1- targets final states from gluino production.
2-SFOS-comp 2-SFOS-
Requirement SR-A SR-B SR-C SR-A SR-B SR-C
2 2 2 2 2 2
0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8
0.4 0.4 0.4
25 25 25 -veto
180 180 180 900 900 900
400 400 400
0.4 1.0 2.5
700 700 700
600 600 600
Table 7: The selection criteria used for the two-lepton same flavor opposite sign signal region. The SR 2-SFOS-comp targets soft final states resulting from the electroweakino production and 2-SFOS- targets final states from gluino production.
SR 3-comp SR 3-
Requirement SR-A SR-B SR-C SR-A SR-B SR-C
150 150 150
100 100 100
60 60 60 150 150 150
0.45 0.5 0.55 0.55 0.6 0.65
200 200 200
Table 8: The selection criteria used for the three-lepton signal region. The SR 3-comp targets soft final states resulting from the electroweakino production and 3- targets final states from gluino production. A -veto is applied to both SRs.
for discovery in 1 + jets
at 14 TeV at 28 TeV
(a) 2303 1837 1603 50 37 32
(b) 3439 3264 3451 54 48 47
(c) 9843 8323 7578 124 96 82
(d) 16043 14174 13035 129 105 96
(e) 8246 8640 9557 228 206 220
(f) 43571 38015 40089 443 358 352
(g) 3573 3463 2311 798 708 562
(h) 4972 4884 4133 1081 983 996
(i) 5232 5210 4790 1347 1220 1218
(j) 6160 6089 6039 1402 1321 1520
Table 9: Comparison between the estimated integrated luminosity for a 5 discovery at 14 TeV and 28 TeV for supersymmetry for the parameter set of Table 2, using the selection criteria of Table 6, where the minimum integrated luminosity needed for a discovery is given in fb.
for discovery in 2 SFOS
at 14 TeV at 28 TeV
(g) 4329 2867 5556 267 309 708
(d) 247724 264867 263198 1144 1633 1816
(a) 73784 71908 78635 1267 1883 2340
(b) 64157 59748 80958 2265 2155 3390
(c) 147802 164580 242630 2320 2560 2858
(i) 4425 3102 2523 2687 2157 2321
(h) 10594 5687 6043 6649 7837
(j) 30292 37595 10207 3642 3000
Table 10: Comparison between the estimated integrated luminosity for a 5 discovery at 14 TeV and 28 TeV for supersymmetry for the parameter set of Table 2, using the selection criteria of Table 7, where the minimum integrated luminosity needed for discovery is given in fb. Points that are not discoverable, i.e., require a minimum integrated luminosity which exceeds 3000 for TeV and 10 ab for TeV are not exhibited. Blank entries mean that no events have passed the cuts.
for discovery in 3 channel
at 14 TeV at 28 TeV
(d) 1118 875 1081
(c) 2265 1774 1610
(g) 5942 5353
(i) 6625 5968 5077
Table 11: Comparison between the estimated integrated luminosity for a 5 discovery at 14 TeV and 28 TeV for supersymmetry for the parameter set of Table 2, using the selection criteria of Table 8, where the minimum integrated luminosity needed for discovery is given in fb. Entries with … correspond to integrated luminosities and thus not displayed.
Signal region Signal systematics Background systematics
SR- 11.4-15.8% 18.0%
SR--SFOS 13.9-17.7% 19.7%
SR- 17.5-20.6% 22.4%
Table 12: Total estimated systematic uncertainties on signal and background for the three signal regions.
Model Leading SR (fb) Sub-leading SR (fb)
(a) SR--C SR--B
(b) SR--C SR--B
(c) SR--C SR--B
(d) SR--C SR--B
(e) SR--B SR--C
(f) SR--C SR--B
(h) SR--B SR--C
(i) SR--C SR--B
(j) SR--B SR--A
Table 13: The overall minimum integrated luminosities needed for discovery at the HE-LHC, displayed with their total uncertainty, using the leading and the sub-leading signal regions for benchmarks of Table 2, including all signal regions discussed.
(a) 6.99 0.187
(b) 6.43 0.127
(c) 1.96 0.043
(d) 108.48 4.63
(e) 40.21 1.55
(f) 14.18 1.45
(g) 201.94 8.14
(h) 1472.54 91.66
(i) 0.314 0.0003
(j) 4284.49 143.35
Table 14: Proton–neutralino spin-independent () and spin-dependent () cross-sections in units of cm for the benchmarks of Table 2.

8 Figures

Figure 1: Left panel: The sparticle spectrum for the benchmark (a) of Table 2 with a light gluino. Right panel: same but for point (g) with a heavier gluino.
Figure 2: Left panel: production cross section a function of the center-of-mass energy for collisions for the parameter points (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) of Table 2. Right panel: production cross section a function of the center-of-mass energy for collisions for the parameter points (g), (h), (i), (j) of Table 2.
Figure 3: Distributions in the kinematic variable (top) and (bottom) for benchmark point (b) at 14 TeV (left) and 28 TeV (right) in the single lepton channel.
Figure 4: Distributions in the kinematic variable (top) and (bottom) for benchmark point (e) at 14 TeV (left) and 28 TeV (right) in the single lepton channel.
Figure 5: Distributions in the kinematic variable (top) and (bottom) for benchmark point (f) at 14 TeV (left) and 28 TeV (right) in the single lepton channel.
Figure 6: Distributions in the kinematic variable (top) and (bottom) for benchmark point (g) at 14 TeV (left) and 28 TeV (right) in the single lepton channel.
Figure 7: Scatter plots in the - plane for point (d) in the SR--SFOS (top left panel) and in SR- (bottom panel) at TeV. Right top panel: scatter plot in the - plane for the same point in SR--SFOS.


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