The result of a search for the pair production of the lightest supersymmetric partner of the bottom quark (˜b1) using 139 fb−1 of proton-proton data collected at √ s = 13 TeV by the ATLAS detector is reported. In the supersymmetric scenarios considered both of the bottom-squarks decay into a b-quark and the second-lightest neutralino, ˜b1 → b + ˜χ 0 2 . Each ˜χ 0 2 is assumed to subsequently decay with 100% branching ratio into a Higgs boson (h) like the one in the Standard Model and the lightest neutralino: ˜χ 0 2 → h + ˜χ 0 1 . The ˜χ 0 1 is assumed to be the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) and is stable. Two signal mass configurations are targeted: the first has a constant LSP mass of 60 GeV; and the second has a constant mass difference between the ˜χ 0 2 and ˜χ 0 1 of 130 GeV. The final states considered contain no charged leptons, three or more b-jets, and large missing transverse momentum. No significant excess of events over the Standard Model background expectation is observed in any of the signal regions considered. Limits at the 95% confidence level are placed in the supersymmetric models considered, and bottom-squarks with mass up to 1.5 TeV are excluded.

Search for bottom-squark pair production with the ATLAS detector in final states containing Higgs bosons, b-jets and missing transverse momentum

Alberghi G. L.;Bellagamba L.;Bindi M.;Boscherini D.;Cabras G.;Caforio D.;De Castro S.;Di Sipio R.;Fabbri F.;Fabbri L.;Franchini M.;Gabrielli A.;Giacobbe B.;Lasagni Manghi F.;Macchiolo A.;Massa L.;Monzani S.;