Varying the universality of supersymmetry-breaking contributions to MSSM Higgs boson masses

John Ellis, Keith A. Olive, Pearl Sandick

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We consider the minimal supersymmetric extension of the standard model (MSSM) with varying amounts of nonuniversality in the soft supersymmetry- breaking contributions to the Higgs scalar masses. In addition to the constrained MSSM (CMSSM) in which these are universal with the soft supersymmetry-breaking contributions to the squark and slepton masses at the input GUT scale, we consider scenarios in which both the Higgs scalar masses are nonuniversal by the same amount (NUHM1), and scenarios in which they are independently nonuniversal (NUHM2). We show how the NUHM1 scenarios generalize the (m1/2,m0) planes of the CMSSM by allowing either μ or mA to take different (fixed) values and we also show how the NUHM1 scenarios are embedded as special cases of the more general NUHM2 scenarios. Generalizing from the CMSSM, we find regions of the NUHM1 parameter space that are excluded because the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP) is a selectron. We also find new regions where the neutralino relic density falls within the range preferred by astrophysical and cosmological measurements, thanks to rapid annihilation through direct-channel Higgs poles, or coannihilation with selectrons, or because the LSP composition crosses over from being mainly bino to mainly Higgsino. Generalizing further to the NUHM2, we find regions of its parameter space where a sneutrino is the LSP, and others where neutralino coannihilation with sneutrinos is important for the relic density. In both the NUHM1 and the NUHM2, there are slivers of parameter space where the LHC has fewer prospects for discovering sparticles than in the CMSSM, because either m1/2 and/or m0 may be considerably larger than in the CMSSM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075012
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 15 2008

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