A Profile Likelihood Analysis of the Constrained MSSM with Genetic Algorithms
2010 (English)In: Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), ISSN 1029-8479, E-ISSN 1126-6708, no 4, 057- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The Constrained Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (CMSSM) is one of the simplest and most widely-studied supersymmetric extensions to the standard model of particle physics. Nevertheless, current data do not sufficiently constrain the model parameters in a way completely independent of priors, statistical measures and scanning techniques. We present a new technique for scanning supersymmetric parameter spaces, optimised for frequentist profile likelihood analyses and based on Genetic Algorithms. We apply this technique to the CMSSM, taking into account existing collider and cosmological data in our global fit. We compare our method to the MultiNest algorithm, an efficient Bayesian technique, paying particular attention to the best-fit points and implications for particle masses at the LHC and dark matter searches. Our global best-fit point lies in the focus point region. We find many high-likelihood points in both the stau co-annihilation and focus point regions, including a previously neglected section of the co-annihilation region at large m 0. We show that there are many high-likelihood points in the CMSSM parameter space commonly missed by existing scanning techniques, especially at high masses. This has a significant influence on the derived confidence regions for parameters and observables, and can dramatically change the entire statistical inference of such scans.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. no 4, 057- p.
High Energy Physics - Phenomenology, Astrophysics - Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38220DOI: 10.1007/JHEP04(2010)057ISI: 000277473100013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38220DiVA: diva2:308045