Supersymmetric dark matter in the light of CERN LEP and the Fermilab Tevatron collider

John Ellis, Toby Falk, Gerardo Ganis, Keith A. Olive

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We analyze the accelerator constraints on the parameter space of the minimal supersymmetric extension of the standard model, comparing those now available from CERN LEP II and anticipating the likely sensitivity of Fermilab Tevatron run II. The most important limits are those from searches for charginos χ±, neutralinos χi and Higgs bosons at LEP, and searches for top squarks, charginos and neutralinos at the Tevatron collider. We also incorporate the constraints derived from b→sγ decay, and discuss the relevance of charge- and color-breaking minima in the effective potential. We combine and compare the different constraints on the Higgs-mixing parameter μ, the gaugino-mass parameter m1/2 and the scalar-mass parameter m0, incorporating radiative corrections to the physical particle masses. We focus on the resulting limitations on supersymmetric dark matter, assumed to be the lightest neutralino χ, incorporating coannihilation effects in the calculation of the relic abundance. We find that mχ>51 GeV and tan>2.2 if all soft supersymmetry-breaking scalar masses are universal, including those of the Higgs bosons, and that these limits weaken to mχ>46 GeV and tanβ>1.9 if nonuniversal scalar masses are allowed. Light neutralino dark matter cannot be primarily Higgsino in composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075010
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2000


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