Resolving Combinatorial Ambiguities in Dilepton tt¯ Event Topologies with Constrained M2 Variables

We advocate the use of on-shell constrained M2 variables in order to mitigate the combinatorial problem in SUSY-like events with two invisible particles at the LHC. We show that in comparison to other approaches in the literature, the constrained M2 variables provide superior ansatze for the unmeasured invisible momenta and therefore can be usefully applied to discriminate combinatorial ambiguities. We illustrate our procedure with the example of dilepton tt¯ events. We critically review the existing methods based on the Cambridge MT2 variable and MAOS-reconstruction of invisible momenta, and show that their algorithm can be simplified without loss of sensitivity, due to a perfect correlation between events with complex solutions for the invisible momenta and events exhibiting a kinematic endpoint violation. Then we demonstrate that the efficiency for selecting the correct partition is further improved by utilizing the M2 variables instead. Finally, we also consider the general case when the underlying mass spectrum is unknown, and no kinematic endpoint information is available.

Date Published

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Dipsikha Debnath, Doojin Kim, Jeong Han Kim, Kyoungchul Kong, Konstantin T. Matchev