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Search for lepton-flavor-violating decays of the Z boson into a τ lepton and a light lepton with the ATLAS detector

CollaborationWith : Akilli, Ece / Amrouche, Cherifa Sabrina / Ancu, Lucian Stefan / Benoit, Mathieu / Calace, Noemi / Clark, Allan Geoffrey / Della Volpe, Domenico / Di Bello, Francesco / Dubreuil, Arnaud / Fawcett, William / Ferrere, Didier / Gadatsch, Stefan / Golling, Tobias / Gonzalez Sevilla, Sergio / Iacobucci, Giuseppe / Iizawa, Tomoya / Jansky, Roland / Khoo, Teng Jian / Kiehn, Moritz / Lanfermann, Marie Christine / Lionti, Anthony Eric / March Ruiz, Luis / Mermod, Philippe / Paolozzi, Lorenzo / Poggi, Riccardo / Salamani, Dalila / Schramm, Steven / Sfyrla, Anna / Sultan, D M S / Valente, Marco / Wu, Xin / Zaffaroni, Ettore
Published in Physical Review. D. 2018, vol. 98, no. 9
Collection Open Access - SCOAP3
Abstract Direct searches for lepton flavor violation in decays of the Z boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC are presented. Decays of the Z boson into an electron or muon and a hadronically decaying τ lepton are considered. The searches are based on a data sample of proton-proton collisions collected by the ATLAS detector in 2015 and 2016, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1 at a center-of-mass energy of s=13 TeV. No statistically significant excess of events above the expected background is observed, and upper limits on the branching ratios of lepton-flavor-violating decays are set at the 95% confidence level: B(Z→eτ)<5.8×10−5 and B(Z→μτ)<2.4×10−5. This is the first limit on B(Z→eτ) with ATLAS data. The upper limit on B(Z→μτ) is combined with a previous ATLAS result based on 20.3 fb−1 of proton-proton collision data at a center-of-mass energy of s=8 TeV and the combined upper limit at 95% confidence level is B(Z→μτ)<1.3×10−5.
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arXiv: 1804.09568
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ATLAS COLLABORATION. Search for lepton-flavor-violating decays of the Z boson into a τ lepton and a light lepton with the ATLAS detector. In: Physical Review. D, 2018, vol. 98, n° 9. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:111797

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