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Oxana Smirnova

Oxana Smirnova

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of division

Oxana Smirnova

A search for an unexpected asymmetry in the production of e+μ− and e−μ+ pairs in proton–proton collisions recorded by the ATLAS detector at s=13 TeV


  • G. Aad
  • T.P.A. Åkesson
  • E.E. Corrigan
  • C. Doglioni
  • J. Geisen
  • E. Hansen
  • V. Hedberg
  • G. Jarlskog
  • B. Konya
  • E. Lytken
  • K.H. Mankinen
  • C. Marcon
  • J.U. Mjörnmark
  • G.A. Mullier
  • R. Poettgen
  • N.D. Simpson
  • E. Skorda
  • O. Smirnova
  • L. Zwalinski

Summary, in English

This search, a type not previously performed at ATLAS, uses a comparison of the production cross sections for e+μ− and e−μ+ pairs to constrain physics processes beyond the Standard Model. It uses 139fb−1 of proton–proton collision data recorded at s=13 TeV at the LHC. Targeting sources of new physics which prefer final states containing e+μ− to e−μ+, the search contains two broad signal regions which are used to provide model-independent constraints on the ratio of cross sections at the 2% level. The search also has two special selections targeting supersymmetric models and leptoquark signatures. Observations using one of these selections are able to exclude, at 95% confidence level, singly produced smuons with masses up to 640 GeV in a model in which the only other light sparticle is a neutralino when the R-parity-violating coupling λ231′ is close to unity. Observations using the other selection exclude scalar leptoquarks with masses below 1880 GeV when g1Reu=g1Rμc=1, at 95% confidence level. The limit on the coupling reduces to g1Reu=g1Rμc=0.46 for a mass of 1420 GeV. © 2022 The Author(s)


  • Particle and nuclear physics
  • eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

Publishing year





Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics



Document type

Journal article




  • Subatomic Physics




  • ISSN: 0370-2693