Lower limits on soft supersymmetry-breaking scalar masses

John Ellis, D. V. Nanopoulos, Keith A. Olive

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Working in the context of the CMSSM, we argue that phenomenological constraints now require the universal soft supersymmetry-breaking scalar mass m0 be non-zero at the input GUT scale. This conclusion is primarily imposed by the LEP lower limit on the Higgs mass and the requirement that the lightest supersymmetric particle not be charged. We find that m0> for all tan β if μ <0, m0= 0 and may be allowed for μ> 0 only when tan β ∼ 8 and one allows an uncertainty of 3+ GeV in the theoretical calculation of the Higgs mass. Upper limits on flavour-changing neutral interactions in the MSSM squark sector allow substantial violations of non-universality in the m0 values, even if their magnitudes are comparable to the lower limit we find in the CMSSM. Also, we show that our lower limit on m0 at the GUT scale in the CMSSM is compatible with the no-scale boundary condition m0 = 0 at the Planck scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-314
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 24 2002

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Funding Information:
The work of D.V.N. was partially supported by DOE grant DE-F-G03-95-ER-40917, and that of K.A.O. by DOE grant DE-FG02-94ER-40823.


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