August 28, 2011 to September 2, 2011
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Flavoured Co-annihilations

Aug 29, 2011, 12:10 PM
A: Wilson Hall 1 West

A: Wilson Hall 1 West


Dr Sudhir Kumar Vempati (Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)


n minimal supergravity (mSUGRA) or CMSSM, one of the main co-annihilating partners of the neutralino is the right handed stau, $\tilde{\tau}_R$. In the presence of flavor violation in the right handed sector, the co-annihilating partner would be a flavor mixed state. The flavor effect is two fold: (a) It changes the mass of the $\tilde{\tau}_{1}$, thus modifying the parameter space of the co-annihilation and (b) flavor violating scatterings could now contribute to the cross-sections in the early universe. In fact, it is shown that for large enough $\delta \sim 0.2$, these processes would constitute the dominant channels in co-annihilation regions. The amount of flavor mixing permissible is constrained by flavor violating $\tau \to \mu$ or $\tau \to e$ processes. For $\Delta_{RR}$ mass insertions, the constraints from flavor violation are not strong enough in some regions of the parameter space due to partial cancellations in the amplitudes. In mSUGRA, the regions with cancelations within LFV amplitudes do not overlap with the regions of co-annihilations. In NUHM, however, these regions do overlap leading to significant flavored co-annihilations. At the LHC and other colliders, these regions can constitute for interesting signals.

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