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School of Particles and Accelerator
  Title:   Search for physics beyond the standard model in events with a Z boson, jets, and missing transverse energy in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV
  Author(s): 
1.  Hessamadin Arfaei
2.  Hamed Bakhshiansohi
3.  Seyed Mohsen Etesami
4.  Ali Fahim
5.  Majid Hashemi
6.  Hoda Hesari
7.  Abideh Jafari
8.  Mohsen Khakzad
9.  A Mohammadi
10.  Mojtaba Mohammadi Najafabadi
11.  Saeid Paktinat
12.  Batool Safarzadeh
13.  Maryam Zeinali
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Lett. B
  Vol.:  716
  Year:  2012
  Pages:   260-284
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
A search is presented for physics beyond the standard model (BSM) in events with a Z boson, jets, and missing transverse energy (MET). This signature is motivated by BSM physics scenarios, including supersymmetry. The study is performed using a sample of proton-proton collision data collected at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 4.98 inverse femtobarns. The contributions from the dominant standard model backgrounds are estimated from data using two complementary strategies, the jet-Z balance technique and a method based on modeling MET with data control samples. In the absence of evidence for BSM physics, we set limits on the non-standard-model contributions to event yields in the signal regions and interpret the results in the context of simplified model spectra. Additional information is provided to facilitate tests of other BSM physics models

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