Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 171802 (2006). Copyright © 2006 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


We searched for scalar bottom quarks in 156 pb-1 of p̅p collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV recorded by the Collider Detector at Fermilab II experiment at the Tevatron. Scalar bottom quarks can be produced from gluino decays in R-parity conserving models of super-symmetry when the mass of the gluino exceeds that of the scalar bottom quark. Then, a scalar bottom quark can decay into a bottom quark and a neutralino. To search for this scenario, we investigated events with large missing transverse energy and at least three jets, two or more of which were identified as containing a secondary vertex from the hadronization of b quarks. We found four candidate events, where 2.6 ± 0.7 are expected from standard model processes, and placed 95% confidence level lower limits on gluino and scalar bottom quark masses of up to 280 and 240 GeV/c2, respectively.

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