QCD effects in mono-jet searches for dark matter

  • Ulrich Haisch
  • Felix Kahlhoefer
  • Emanuele ReEmail author


LHC searches for missing transverse energy in association with a jet allow to place strong bounds on the interactions between dark matter and quarks. In this article, we present an extension of the POWHEG BOX capable of calculating the underlying cross sections at the next-to-leading order level. This approach enables us to consistently include the effects of parton showering and to apply realistic experimental cuts. We find significant differences from a fixed-order analysis that neglects parton showering effects. In particular, next-to-leading order corrections do not lead to a significant enhancement of the mono-jet cross section once a veto on additional jets is imposed. Nevertheless, these corrections reduce the theoretical uncertainties of the signal prediction and therefore improve the reliability of the derived bounds. We present our results in terms of simple rescaling factors, which can be directly applied to existing experimental analyses and discuss the impact of changing experimental cuts.


Phenomenological Models NLO Computations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Haisch
    • 1
    • 2
  • Felix Kahlhoefer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emanuele Re
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.KITPUniversity of California Santa BarbaraSanta BarbaraUnited States

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