# Likelihood analysis of the minimal AMSB model

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## Abstract

We perform a likelihood analysis of the minimal anomaly-mediated supersymmetry-breaking (mAMSB) model using constraints from cosmology and accelerator experiments. We find that either a wino-like or a Higgsino-like neutralino LSP, \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), may provide the cold dark matter (DM), both with similar likelihoods. The upper limit on the DM density from Planck and other experiments enforces \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \lesssim 3 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) after the inclusion of Sommerfeld enhancement in its annihilations. If most of the cold DM density is provided by the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), the measured value of the Higgs mass favours a limited range of \(\tan \beta \sim 5\) (and also for \(\tan \beta \sim 45\) if \(\mu > 0\)) but the scalar mass \(m_0\) is poorly constrained. In the wino-LSP case, \(m_{3/2}\) is constrained to about \(900\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) and \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) to \(2.9\pm 0.1\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), whereas in the Higgsino-LSP case \(m_{3/2}\) has just a lower limit \(\gtrsim 650\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) (\(\gtrsim 480\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) and \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) is constrained to \(1.12 ~(1.13) \pm 0.02\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) in the \(\mu >0\) (\(\mu <0\)) scenario. In neither case can the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon, \((g-2)_\mu \), be improved significantly relative to its Standard Model (SM) value, nor do flavour measurements constrain the model significantly, and there are poor prospects for discovering supersymmetric particles at the LHC, though there are some prospects for direct DM detection. On the other hand, if the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) contributes only a fraction of the cold DM density, future LHC Open image in new window -based searches for gluinos, squarks and heavier chargino and neutralino states as well as disappearing track searches in the wino-like LSP region will be relevant, and interference effects enable \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\) to agree with the data better than in the SM in the case of wino-like DM with \(\mu > 0\).

## 1 Introduction

In previous papers [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] (For more information and updates, please see http://cern.ch/mastercode/.) we have presented likelihood analyses of the parameter spaces of various scenarios for supersymmetry (SUSY) breaking, including the CMSSM [9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25], in which soft SUSY breaking parameters are constrained to be universal at the grand unification scale, models in which Higgs masses are allowed to be non-universal (NUHM1,2) [26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32], a model in which 10 soft SUSY-breaking parameters were treated as free phenomenological parameters (the pMSSM10) [33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47] and one with SU(5) GUT boundary conditions on soft supersymmetry-breaking parameters [48]. These analyses took into account the strengthening direct constraints from sparticle searches at the LHC, as well as indirect constraints based on electroweak precision observables (EWPOs), flavour observables and the contribution to the density of cold dark matter (CDM) in the Universe from the lightest supersymmetric particle (LSP), assuming that it is a neutralino and that *R*-parity is conserved [49, 50]. In particular, we analysed the prospects within these scenarios for discovering SUSY at the LHC and/or in future direct dark matter searches [7].

In this paper we extend our previous analyses of GUT-based models [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] by presenting a likelihood analysis of the parameter space of the minimal scenario for anomaly-mediated SUSY breaking (the mAMSB) [51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69]. The spectrum of this model is quite different from those of the CMSSM, NUHM1 and NUHM2, with a different composition of the LSP. Consequently, different issues arise in the application of the experimental constraints, as we discuss below. In the mAMSB there are 3 relevant continuous parameters, the gravitino mass, \(m_{3/2}\), which sets the scale of SUSY breaking, the supposedly universal soft SUSY-breaking scalar mass,^{1} \(m_0\), and the ratio of Higgs vacuum expectation values, \(\tan \beta \), to which may be added the sign of the Higgsino mixing parameter, \(\mu \). The LSP is either a Higgsino-like or a wino-like neutralino \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\). In both cases the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is almost degenerate with its chargino partner, \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\). Within this mAMSB framework, it is well known that if one requires that a wino-like \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is the dominant source of the CDM density indicated by Planck measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation, namely \(\Omega _\mathrm{CDM} h^2 = 0.1186 \pm 0.0020\) [73], \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \simeq 3 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) [74, 75, 76, 77] after inclusion of Sommerfeld enhancement effects [78]. If instead the CDM density is to be explained by a Higgsino-like \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) takes a value of \(1.1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\). In both cases, sparticles are probably too heavy to be discovered at the LHC, and supersymmetric contributions to EWPOs, flavour observables and \((g-2)_\mu \) are small.

In the first part of our likelihood analysis of the mAMSB parameter space, we combine the assumption that the LSP is the dominant source of CDM with other measurements, notably of the mass of the Higgs boson, \(M_\mathrm{h}= 125.09 \pm 0.24 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) [79] (including the relevant theory uncertainties [80]) and its production and decay rates [81, 82]. In addition to solutions in which the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is wino- or Higgsino-like, we also find less-favoured solutions in which the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is a mixed wino–Higgsino state. In the wino case, whereas \(m_{3/2}\) and hence \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) are relatively well determined, as is the value of \(\tan \beta \), the value of \(m_0\) is quite poorly determined, and there is little difference between the values of the global likelihood functions for the two signs of \(\mu \). On the other hand, in the case of a Higgsino-like \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), while \(\tan \beta \) has values around 5, \(m_0\) and \(m_{3/2}\) are only constrained to be larger than \(20 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) and \(600\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), respectively, in the positive \(\mu \) case. For negative \(\mu \), the \(m_0\) and \(m_{3/2}\) constraints are lowered to \(18 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) and \(500 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), respectively.

If there is some other contribution to the CDM, so that \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} < \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\), the SUSY-breaking mass scale \(m_{3/2}\) can be reduced, and hence also \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\), although the value of \(M_\mathrm{h}\) still imposes a significant lower limit. In this case, some direct searches for sparticles at the LHC also become relevant, notably Open image in new window -based searches for gluinos, squarks and heavier chargino and neutralino states as well as disappearing track searches for the next-to-LSP charged wino. We discuss the prospects for sparticle searches at the LHC in this case and at the 100 TeV FCC-hh collider, and also find that some deviations from Standard Model (SM) predictions for flavour observables may become important, notably \(\mathrm{BR}(b \rightarrow s \gamma )\) and \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\).

Using the minimum value of the \(\chi ^2\) likelihood function and the number of effective degrees of freedom (excluding the constraint from HiggsSignals [81, 82], as was done in [4, 5, 6]) leads to an estimate of \(\sim \)11% for the \(\chi ^2\) probability of the mAMSB model if most of the CDM is due to the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), for both signs of \(\mu \) in both the wino- and Higgsino-like cases. When this CDM condition is relaxed, the \(\chi ^2\) probability is unchanged if \(\mu < 0\), but increases to \(18\%\) in the wino-like LSP case if \(\mu >0\) thanks to improved consistency with the experimental measurement of \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\).^{2} These \(\chi ^2\) probabilities for the mAMSB model cannot be compared directly with those found previously for the CMSSM [4], the NUHM1 [4], the NUHM2 [5] and the pMSSM10 [6], since those models were studied with a different dataset that included an older set of LHC data.

The outline of this paper is as follows. In Sect. 2 we review briefly the specification of the mAMSB model. In Sect. 3 we review our implementations of the relevant theoretical, phenomenological, experimental, astrophysical and cosmological constraints, including those from the flavour and Higgs sectors, and from LHC and dark matter searches (see [6, 8] for details of our other LHC search implementations). In the case of dark matter we describe in detail our implementation of Sommerfeld enhancement in the calculation of the relic CDM density. Section 4 reviews the MasterCode framework. Section 5 then presents our results, first under the assumption that the lightest neutralino \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is the dominant form of CDM, and then in the more general case when other forms of CDM may dominate. This Section is concluded by the presentation and discussion of the \(\chi ^2\) likelihood functions for observables of interest. Finally, we present our conclusions in Sect. 6.

## 2 Specification of the mAMSB model

In AMSB, SUSY breaking arises via a loop-induced super-Weyl anomaly [51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56]. Since the gaugino masses \(M_{1, 2, 3}\) are suppressed by loop factors relative to the gravitino mass, \(m_{3/2}\), the latter is fairly heavy in this scenario (\(m_{3/2}\gtrsim 20 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) and the wino-like states are lighter than the bino-like ones, with the following ratios of gaugino masses at NLO: \(|M_1| : |M_2| : |M_3| \approx 2.8:1:7.1\). Pure AMSB is, however, an unrealistic model, because renormalization leads to negative squared masses for sleptons and, in order to avoid tachyonic sleptons, the minimal AMSB scenario (mAMSB) adds a constant \(m_0^2\) to all squared scalar masses [57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69]. Thus the mAMSB model has three continuous free parameters: \(m_{3/2}\), \(m_0\) and the ratio of Higgs vevs, \(\tan \beta \). In addition, the sign of the Higgsino mixing parameter, \(\mu \), is also free. The trilinear soft SUSY-breaking mass terms, \(A_i\), are determined by anomalies, like the gaugino masses, and are thus proportional to \(m_{3/2}\). The \(\mu \) term and the Higgs bilinear, *B*, are determined phenomenologically via the minimization of the Higgs potential, as in the CMSSM.

The following are some characteristic features of mAMSB: near mass-degeneracy of the left and right sleptons: \(m_{\tilde{l}_R} \approx m_{\tilde{l}_L}\), and of the lightest chargino and neutralino, \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}} \approx m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\). The mass hierarchy between sleptons and gauginos is dependent on the numerical values of the input parameters, and the squark masses are typically very heavy, because they contain a term proportional to \(g_3^4 m^2_{3/2}\). In addition, the measured Higgs mass and the relatively low values of the trilinears \(A_i\) together imply that the stop masses must also be relatively high. The LSP composition may be wino-, Higgsino-like or mixed, as we discuss in more detail below.

## 3 Implementations of constraints

Our treatments in this paper of many of the relevant constraints follow very closely the implementations in our previous analyses which were recently summarized in [8]. In the following subsections we review the implementations, highlighting new constraints and instances where we implement constraints differently from our previous work.

### 3.1 Flavour, electroweak and higgs constraints

Constraints from *B*-physics and *K*-physics observables are the same as in [8].^{3} In particular, we include the recent ATLAS result in our global combination of measurements of \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\) [84, 85, 86, 87]. In contrast to our previous studies [4, 5, 6, 7, 8], in this study we do not evaluate independently the constraints from EWPOs, since for SUSY-breaking parameters in the multi-TeV range they are indistinguishable from the Standard Model values within the current experimental uncertainties, as we have checked using FeynWZ [88, 89]. The only exception is the mass of the *W* boson, \(M_\mathrm{W}\), which is evaluated using FeynHiggs.^{4} For the other EWPOs we use the theoretical and experimental values given in the review [82]. We use the combination of ATLAS and CMS measurements of the mass of the Higgs boson: \(M_\mathrm{h}= 125.09 \pm 0.24 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) [79]. We use a beta-version of the FeynHiggs 2.12.1 code [80, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94] to evaluate the constraint this imposes on the mAMSB parameter space. It improves on the FeynHiggs versions used for previous analyses [4, 5, 6, 7] by including two-loop QCD corrections in the evaluation of the \(\overline{\mathrm{DR}}\) running top mass and an improved evaluation of the top mass in the \(\overline{\mathrm{DR}}\)-on-shell conversion for the scalar tops. At low values of \(m_{\tilde{t}_{1}}\), we use, as previously, a one-\(\sigma \) theoretical uncertainty of \(1.5 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\). In view of the larger theoretical uncertainty at large input parameter values, this uncertainty is smoothly inflated up to \(3.0 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) at \(m_{\tilde{t}_{1}} > 7.5 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), as a conservative estimate. The \(\chi ^2\) contributions of 85 Higgs search channels from LHC and Tevatron are evaluated using HiggsSignals [81, 82] and HiggsBounds [95, 96, 97, 98] as detailed in our previous paper [8].

### 3.2 LHC constraints

If the entire CDM relic density is provided by the lightest neutralino, all sparticles are heavy, and the current results of the direct sparticle searches at the LHC have no impact on our global fit, though there is some impact from *H* / *A* searches [99, 100]. On the other hand, if \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) accounts only for a fraction of the relic CDM density, some sparticles can be light enough to be produced at the LHC. However, as we discuss in more detail later, even for this case we find that the sleptons, the first two generations of squarks and the third-generation squarks are heavier than 0.7, 3.5 and 2.5 \(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) at the 2 \(\sigma \) level, respectively, well beyond the current LHC sensitivities [101, 102, 103]. On the other hand, gluinos and winos can be as light as 2.5 and \(0.5 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), respectively, at the 2 \(\sigma \) level, so we have considered in more detail the constraints from searches at the LHC. Currently they do not impact the 68 and 95% CL ranges we find for the mAMSB, but some impact can be expected for future LHC runs, as we discuss in Sect. 5.4.

### 3.3 Dark matter constraints

#### 3.3.1 Sommerfeld enhancement in the wino dark matter region

For a wino-like dark matter particle, the non-perturbative Sommerfeld effect [78] needs to be taken into account in the calculation of the thermal relic abundance. Dedicated studies have been performed in the literature [74, 75, 76, 77], with the result that the correct relic abundance is obtained for \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \simeq 3.1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) (with a spread in numerical results of a few %, which may be taken as an estimate of the uncertainty) after inclusion of Sommerfeld enhancement in the thermally averaged coannihilation cross sections, compared to \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \simeq 2.3 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) at tree level.

Because of the large number of points in our mAMSB sample, we seek a computationally efficient implementation of the Sommerfeld enhancement. We discuss this now, and consider its implications in the following subsections.

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*T*, at which the coannihilations take place. The indices refer to \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), \(\tilde{\chi }^+_1\) and \(\tilde{\chi }^-_1\), and \(g_i\) is the number of degrees of freedom, which is 2 for each of the three particles, \(\Delta _i \equiv (m_i / m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} - 1)\), \(a_{ij}\) is the total s-wave (co)annihilation cross section for the processes with incoming particles

*i*and

*j*, and \(c_\mathrm{pm}\) is the fraction of the contribution of the \(\tilde{\chi }^+_{1} \tilde{\chi }^-_{1}\) s-wave cross section in \({a_\mathrm{eff}}_\mathrm{SE=0}\), namely,

Equation (1) is used in our calculation of the relic abundance \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2\) for mAMSB models, for which we evaluate \({a_\mathrm{eff}}_\mathrm{SE=0}\) and \(c_\mathrm{pm}\) for any parameter point using SSARD (Information about this code is available from K. A. Olive: it contains important contributions from J. Evans, T. Falk, A. Ferstl, G. Ganis, F. Luo, A. Mustafayev, J. McDonald, K. A. Olive, P. Sandick, Y. Santoso, V. Spanos, and M. Srednicki.). The perturbative p-wave contribution is also included. We note that, whereas the Sommerfeld enhancement depends almost entirely on \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\), the values of \({a_\mathrm{eff}}_\mathrm{SE=0}\) and \(c_\mathrm{pm}\) depend on the details of the supersymmetric particle spectrum. In particular, due to a cancellation between *s*- and *t*-channel contributions in processes with SM fermion anti-fermion pairs in the final states, \({a_\mathrm{eff}}_\mathrm{SE=0}\) becomes smaller when the sfermion masses are closer to \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\).

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Figure 2 illustrates the significance of the Sommerfeld enhancement via a dedicated scan of the \((m_0, m_{3/2})\) plane for \(\tan \beta = 5\) using SSARD. The pink triangular region at large \(m_0\) and relatively small \(m_{3/2}\) is excluded because there are no consistent solutions to the electroweak vacuum conditions in that region. The border of that region corresponds to the line where \(\mu ^2 = 0\), like that often encountered in the CMSSM at low \(m_{1/2}\) and large \(m_0\) near the so-called focus-point region [105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110]. The dark blue strips indicate where the calculated \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) density falls within the 3-\(\sigma \) CDM density range preferred by the Planck data [73], and the red dashed lines are contours of \(M_\mathrm{h}\) (labelled in GeV) calculated using FeynHiggs 2.11.3.^{7} The Sommerfeld enhancement is omitted in the left panel and included in the right panel of Fig. 2. We see that the Sommerfeld enhancement increases the values of \(m_{3/2}\) along the prominent near-horizontal band (where the LSP is predominantly wino) by \(\sim \)200 \(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), which is much larger than the uncertainties associated with the CDM density range and our approximate implementation of the Sommerfeld enhancement. We stress that any value of \(m_{3/2}\) below this band would also be allowed if the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) provides only a fraction of the total CDM density.

#### 3.3.2 Interpolation between the wino and Higgsino dark matter regions

The origin of these two strips can be understood as follows. In most of the triangular region beneath the relatively thick horizontal strip, the LSP is a wino with mass below 3 TeV, and the relic density is below the value preferred by the Planck data. For fixed \(m_{3/2}\), as \(m_0\) is increased, \(\mu \) drops so that, eventually, the Higgsino mass becomes comparable to the wino mass. When \(\mu > 1\) TeV, the crossover to a Higgsino LSP (which occurs when \(\mu \lesssim M_2\)) yields a relic density that reaches and then exceeds the Planck relic density, producing the left arm of the slanted V-shape strip near the focus-point boundary where coannihilations between the wino and Higgsino are important. As one approaches closer to the focus point, \(\mu \) continues to fall and, when \(\mu \simeq 1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), the LSP becomes mainly a Higgsino and its relic density returns to the Planck range, thus producing right arm of the slanted V-shape strip corresponding to the focus-point strip in the CMSSM. In the right panel of Fig. 2 and in Fig. 3 the tip of the V where these narrow dark matter strips merge occurs when \(m_0 \sim 1.8 \times 10^4 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\).

In the analysis below, we model the transition region by using Micromegas 3.2 [111] to calculate the relic density, with a correction in the form of an analytic approximation to the Sommerfeld enhancement given by SSARD that takes into account the varying wino and Higgsino fractions in the composition of the LSP. In this way we interpolate between the wino approximation based on SSARD discussed above for winos, and Micromegas 3.2 for Higgsinos.

Comparing the narrowness of the strips in Figs. 2 and 3 with the thickness of the near-horizontal wino strip, it is clear that they are relatively finely tuned. We also note in Fig. 3 a thin brown shaded region towards the upper part of the V-shaped Higgsino strip that is excluded because the LSP is a chargino.

We also display in these \((m_0, m_{3/2})\) planes contours of \(M_\mathrm{h}\) (labelled in GeV) as calculated using FeynHiggs 2.11.3 (see above). Bearing in mind the estimated uncertainty in the theoretical calculation of \(M_\mathrm{h}\) [80], all the broad near-horizontal band and the narrow diagonal strips are compatible with the measured value of \(M_\mathrm{h}\), both with and without the inclusion of the Sommerfeld enhancement.

#### 3.3.3 Dark matter detection

We implement direct constraints on the spin-independent dark matter proton scattering cross section, \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\), using the SSARD code (Information about this code is available from K. A. Olive: it contains important contributions from J. Evans, T. Falk, A. Ferstl, G. Ganis, F. Luo, A. Mustafayev, J. McDonald, K. A. Olive, P. Sandick, Y. Santoso, V. Spanos, and M. Srednicki.), as reviewed previously [4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. As discussed there and in Sect. 5.5, \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) inherits considerable uncertainty from the poorly constrained \(\langle p | {\bar{s}} s | p \rangle \) matrix element and other hadronic uncertainties, which are larger than those associated with the uncertainty in the local CDM halo density.

We note also that the relatively large annihilation cross section of wino dark matter is in tension with gamma-ray observations of the Galactic centre, dwarf spheroidals and satellites of the Milky Way made by the Fermi-LAT and H.E.S.S. telescopes [112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117]. However, there are still considerable ambiguities in the dark matter profiles near the Galactic centre and in these other objects. Including these indirect constraints on dark matter annihilation in our likelihood analysis would require estimates of these underlying astrophysical uncertainties [118], which are beyond the scope of the present work.

## 4 Analysis procedure

### 4.1 MasterCode framework

We define a global \(\chi ^2\) likelihood function that combines the theoretical predictions with experimental constraints, as done in our previous analyses [4, 5, 6, 7, 8].

*W*boson mass and \((g-2)_\mu \), SuFla [120, 121] for the

*B*-physics observables, Micromegas 3.2 [111] (modified as discussed above) for the dark matter relic density, SSARD for the spin-independent cross section \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) and the wino dark matter relic density, SDECAY 1.3b [122] for calculating sparticle branching ratios, and HiggsSignals 1.4.0 [81, 82] and HiggsBounds 4.3.1 [95, 96, 97, 98] for calculating constraints on the Higgs sector. The codes are linked using the SUSY Les Houches Accord (SLHA) [123, 124].

Ranges of the mAMSB parameters sampled, together with the numbers of segments into which each range was divided, and the corresponding number of sample boxes. The numbers of segments and boxes are shown both for the generic scan and for the supplementary scan where we constrain the neutralino to be Higgsino-like

Parameter | Range | Generic segments | Higgsino segments |
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\(m_0\) | (0.1, \(50 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) | 4 | 6 |

\(m_{3/2}\) | (10, \(1500 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) | 3 | 3 |

\(\tan \beta \) | (1, 50) | 4 | 2 |

Total number of boxes | 48 | 36 |

We use SuperIso [125, 126, 127] and Susy_Flavor [128] to check our evaluations of flavour observables, and we have used Matplotlib [129] and PySLHA [130] to plot the results of our analysis.

In general, we treat the observables as Gaussian constraints, combining in quadrature the experimental and applicable SM and supersymmetric theory errors, which are enumerated in Table 1 of [8]. The exceptions are \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\) and \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\), for which we construct full likelihood functions combining the available data, as also described in [8].

### 4.2 Parameter ranges

The ranges of the mAMSB parameters that we sample are shown in Table 1. We also indicate in the right column of this Table how we divide the ranges of these parameters into segments, as we did previously for our analyses of the CMSSM, NUHM1, NUHM2, pMSSM10 and SU(5) [4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. The combinations of these segments constitute boxes, in which we sample the parameter space using the MultiNest package [131, 132, 133]. For each box, we choose a prior for which 80% of the sample has a flat distribution within the nominal range, and 20% of the sample is outside the box in normally distributed tails in each variable. In this way, our total sample exhibits a smooth overlap between boxes, eliminating spurious features associated with box boundaries. Since it is relatively fine-tuned, we made a dedicated supplementary 36-box scan of the Higgsino-LSP region of the mAMSB parameter space, requiring the lightest neutralino to be Higgsino-like. We have sampled a total of \(11 (13) \times 10^6\) points for \(\mu > 0\) (\(\mu < 0\)).

## 5 Results

### 5.1 Case I: CDM is mainly the lightest neutralino

We display in Fig. 4 the \((m_0, m_{3/2})\) planes for our sampling of mAMSB parameters with \(\mu > 0\) (left panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (right panel). The coloured contours bound regions of parameter space with \(\Delta \chi ^2 = 2.30\) and \(\Delta \chi ^2 = 5.99\) contours, which we use as proxies for the boundaries of the 68% (red) and 95% (dark blue) CL regions. The best-fit points for the two signs of \(\mu \) are indicated by green stars, closed in the case of wino-like DM, open in the case of Higgsino-like DM. The shadings in this and subsequent planes indicate the composition of the sample point with the lowest \(\chi ^2\) in this projection: in general, there will also be sample points with a different composition and (possibly only slightly) larger \(\chi ^2\). Different shading colours represent the composition of the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) LSP: a region with Higgsino fraction exceeding 90% is shaded yellow, one with wino fraction exceeding 90% is shaded light blue, while other cases are shaded orange.^{8} Most of blue shading corresponds to a wino-like LSP, and in only a small fraction of cases to a mixed wino–Higgsino state. We see that in the case of a wino-like LSP, the regions favoured at the 2-\(\sigma \) level are bands with \(900 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\lesssim m_{3/2}\lesssim 1000 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) corresponding to the envelope of the near-horizontal band in the right panel of Fig. 2 and in Fig. 3 that is obtained when profiling over \(\tan \beta \). For both signs of \(\mu \), the lower limit \(m_0 \gtrsim 5\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) is due to the \(\tilde{\tau }_{1}\) becoming the LSP.

Fit results for the mAMSB assuming that the LSP makes the dominant contribution to the cold dark matter density. The 68% CL ranges correspond to \(\Delta \chi ^2 = 1\). We also display the values of the global \(\chi ^2\) function omitting the contributions from HiggsSignals, and the corresponding \(\chi ^2\) probability values calculated taking into account the relevant numbers of degrees of freedom (including the electroweak precision observables) using the standard prescription [82]. Each mass range is shown for both the wino- and Higgsino-LSP scenarios as well as for both signs of \(\mu \)

Parameter | Wino-LSP | Higgsino-LSP | ||
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\(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | |

\(m_0\): best-fit value | \(16 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(25 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \( 32 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(27 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

68% range | \((4, 40) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((4, 43) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((23,50) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((18, 50) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{3/2}\): best-fit value | \(940 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(940 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(920 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(650 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

68% range | \((860, 970) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((870, 950) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((650, 1500) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((480, 1500) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(\tan \beta \): best-fit value | 5.0 | 4.0 | 4.4 | 4.2 |

68% range | (3, 8) and (42, 48) | (3, 7) | (3, 7) | (3, 7) |

\(\chi ^2 / \mathrm{d.o.f}\) | 36.4/27 | 36.4/27 | 36.6/27 | 36.4/27 |

\(\chi ^2\) probability | \(10.7\%\) | \(10.7\%\) | \(10.2\%\) | \(10.7\%\) |

Figures 6 and 7 display the \((\tan \beta , m_0)\) and \((\tan \beta , m_{3/2})\) planes, respectively. Both the \(\mu > 0\) case (left panel) and the \(\mu < 0\) case (right panel) are shown, and are qualitatively similar. The best-fit points for the two signs of \(\mu \) are again indicated by green stars. Larger \(m_0\) and \(m_{3/2}\) values are allowed in the Higgsino-LSP case, provided that \(\tan \beta \) is small. Values of \(\tan \beta \gtrsim 3\) are allowed at the 95% CL with an upper limit at 48 only in the \(\mu >0\) case. There are regions favoured at the 68% CL with small values of \(\tan \beta \lesssim 10\) in both the wino- and Higgsino-like cases for both signs of \(\mu \). In addition, for \(\mu > 0\) there is another 68% CL preferred region in the wino case at \(\tan \beta \gtrsim 35\), where supersymmetric contributions improve the consistency with the measurements of \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\), as discussed in more detail in Sect. 5.3.^{9}

The parameters of the best-fit points for \(\mu >0\) and \(\mu < 0\) are listed in Table 2, together with their 68% CL ranges corresponding to \(\Delta \chi ^2 = 1\). We see that at the 68% CL the range of \(\tan \beta \) is restricted to low values for both LSP compositions, with the exception of the \(\mu >0\) wino-LSP case, where also larger \(\tan \beta \) values around 45 are allowed. In the wino-LSP scenario, \(m_{3/2}\) is restricted to a narrow region around \(940\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) and \(m_0\) is required to be larger than \(4 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\). The precise location of the Higgsino-LSP region depends on the spectrum calculator employed, and also on the version used. These variations can be as large as tens of TeV for \(m_0\) or a couple of units for \(\tan \beta \), and can change the \(\chi ^2\) penalty coming from the Higgs mass. In our implementations, we find that \(m_{3/2}\) can take masses as low as \(650\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) (\(480\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) while \(m_0\) is required to be at least \(23\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) (\(18\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\)) at the 68% CL in the \(\mu >0\) (\(\mu <0\)) case. This variability is related to the uncertainty in the exact location of the electroweak symmetry-breaking boundary, which is very sensitive to numerous corrections, in particular those related to the top quark Yukawa coupling.

The minimum values of the global \(\chi ^2\) function for the two signs of \(\mu \) are also shown in Table 2, as are the \(\chi ^2\) probability values obtained by combining these with the numbers of effective degrees of freedom. We see that all the cases studied (wino- and Higgsino-like LSP, \(\mu > 0\) and \(\mu < 0\)) have similar \(\chi ^2\) probabilities, around \(11\%\), calculated taking into account the relevant numbers of degrees of freedom (including the electroweak precision observables) using the standard prescription [82].

We show in Fig. 8 the contributions to the total \(\chi ^2\) of the best-fit point in the scenarios with different hypotheses on the sign of \(\mu \) and the composition of CDM. In addition, we report the main \(\chi ^2\) penalties in Table 3.

Figure 9 shows the best-fit values (blue lines) of the particle masses and the 68 and 95% CL ranges allowed in both the wino- and Higgsino-like LSP cases for both signs of \(\mu \). More complete spectra at the best-fit points for the two signs of \(\mu \) are shown in Fig. 10 in both the wino- and Higgsino-LSP cases, where branching ratios exceeding 20% are indicated by dashed lines. As was apparent from the previous figures and tables, a relatively heavy spectrum is favoured in our global fits. The difference between the best-fit spectra in the Higgsino LSP case for \(\mu > 0\) and \(< 0\) reflects the fact that the likelihood function is quite flat in the preferred region of the parameter space. In the Higgsino-LSP case, the spectra are even heavier than the other one with a wino LSP, apart from the gauginos, which are lighter. Overall, these high-mass scales, together with the minimal flavor violation assumption, implies that there are, in general, no significant departures from the SM predictions in the flavour sector or for \((g-2)_\mu \).

Figure 11 shows the \((M_A, \tan \beta )\) planes for \(\mu > 0\) (left panel) and for \(\mu < 0\) (right panel), assuming that the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) contributes all the CDM density. As previously, the red (blue) contours represent the \(68\%\) (\(95\%\)) CL contours, and the wino-like (Higgsino-like) DM regions are shaded blue (yellow), and mixed wino–Higgsino regions are shaded orange. We find that the impact of the recent LHC 13-TeV constraints on the \((M_A, \tan \beta )\) plane is small in these plots. We see here that the large-\(\tan \beta \) 68% CL region mentioned above corresponds to \(M_\mathrm{A}\lesssim 6 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\).

As anticipated in Sect. 1, the wino-LSP is almost degenerate with the lightest chargino, which acquires a mass about \(170 \,\, \mathrm {MeV}\) larger through radiative corrections. Therefore, because of phase-space suppression the chargino acquires a lifetime around \(0.15 \, \mathrm{ns}\), and therefore may decay inside the ATLAS tracker. However, the ATLAS search for disappearing tracks [134] is insensitive to the large mass \(\sim \)2.9\(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) expected for the mAMSB chargino if the LSP makes up all the dark matter. In Sect. 5.2 we estimate the LHC sensitivity to the lower chargino masses that are possible if the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) contributes only a fraction of the cold dark matter density. In the Higgsino-LSP case, the chargino has a mass \(\sim \)1.1\(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) in the all-DM case, but its lifetime is very short, of the order of few ps.

The 68% CL ranges of the neutralino masses, the gluino mass, the \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1} - \tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) mass splitting and the \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\) lifetime are reported in Table 4, assuming that the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) accounts for all the CDM density. Each parameter is shown for both the wino- and Higgsino-like LSP scenarios and for the two signs of \(\mu \).

The most important contributions to the total \(\chi ^2\) of the best-fit points for mAMSB assuming different hypotheses on the composition of the dark matter relic density and on the sign of \(\mu \). In the \(\mu >0\) scenario with \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} < \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\) and \(\tilde{W}\)-LSP, the experimental constraints from \((g-2)_\mu \)and \(\mathrm{BR}(B_s \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\) can be accommodated and get a lower \(\chi ^2\) penalty

Constraint | \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} = \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\) | \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} < \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\) | ||||||
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\(\tilde{W}\)-LSP | \(\tilde{H}\)-LSP | \(\tilde{W}\)-LSP | \(\tilde{H}\)-LSP | |||||

\(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | |

\(\sigma ^0_{\mathrm {had}}\) | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.3 |

\(R_l\) | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 |

\(A_\mathrm{FB}^b\) | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 | 5.8 |

\(A_\mathrm{LR}^e\) | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 | 4.0 |

\(M_W\) | 1.9 | 1.9 | 2.1 | 1.9 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.9 |

\((g-2)_\mu \) | 11.2 | 11.2 | 11.2 | 11.2 | 10.4 | 11.2 | 11.2 | 11.2 |

\(\mathrm{BR}(B_s \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\) | 1.9 | 1.9 | 1.9 | 1.9 | 0.0 | 1.9 | 1.9 | 1.9 |

\(\frac{\Delta M_{B_s}/{\mathrm {SM}}}{\Delta M_{B_d}}\) | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.6 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 1.8 |

\(\epsilon _K\) | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 |

\(\Delta \chi ^2_{\mathrm {HiggsSignals}}\) | 67.9 | 67.9 | 67.9 | 68.0 | 68.0 | 67.9 | 67.9 | 68.0 |

Figure 12 shows our results in the \((m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}, \Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2)\) plane in the case when the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) is required to provide all the CDM density, within the uncertainties from the Planck and other measurements. The left panel is for \(\mu > 0\) and the right panel is for \(\mu < 0\): they are quite similar, with each featuring two distinct strips. The strip where \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \sim 1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) corresponds to a Higgsino LSP near the focus-point region, and the strip where \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} \sim 3 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) is in the wino LSP region of the parameter space. In between these strips, the make-up of the LSP changes as the wino- and Higgsino-like neutralino states mix, and coannihilations between the three lightest neutralinos and both charginos become important. The Sommerfeld enhancement varies rapidly (we recall that it is not important in the Higgsino LSP region), causing the relic density to rise rapidly as well. We expect the gap seen in Fig. 12 to be populated by points with very specific values of \(m_0\).

### 5.2 Case II: the LSP does not provide all the cold dark matter

If the LSP is not the only component of the cold dark matter, \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) may be smaller, \(m_{3/2}\) may also be lowered substantially, and some sparticles may be within reach of the LHC. The preferred regions of the \((m_0, m_{3/2})\) planes for \(\mu > 0\) (left panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (right panel) in this case are shown in the upper panels of Fig. 13.^{10} We see that the wino region allowed at the 95% CL extends to smaller \(m_{3/2}\) for both signs of \(\mu \), and also to larger \(m_0\) at \(m_{3/2}\gtrsim 300 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) when \(\mu < 0\). We also see that the 68% CL region extends to much larger \(m_0\) and \(m_{3/2}\) when \(\mu < 0\), and the best-fit point also moves to larger masses than for \(\mu > 0\), though with smaller \(\tan \beta \).

The 68% CL ranges for the masses of the LSP \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) and of the heavier neutralinos \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{2}\), \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{3}\) and \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{4}\), as well as the mass splitting between the lighter chargino \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\) and the LSP and the corresponding lifetime of the \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\), for the case in which the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) accounts for all the CDM density. Each parameter is shown for both the wino- and Higgsino-LSP scenarios, as well as for both signs of \(\mu \)

Parameter | wino-LSP | Higgsino-LSP | ||
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\(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) | \(2.9 \pm 0.1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(2.9 \pm 0.1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(1.12 \pm 0.02 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(1.13 \pm 0.02 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{2}}\) | \((3.4, 9.2) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((2.9, 9.1) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(1.13 \pm 0.02 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(1.14 \pm 0.02 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{3}}\) | \((3.5, 13.5) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((2.9, 13.5) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((2.2, 4.9)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((1.7, 4.6)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{4}}\) | \((9.0, 13.5) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((8.4, 13.5) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((6.5, 15.0)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((4.6, 14.0)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{g}}\) | \(16 \pm 1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(16 \pm 1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), | \((13, 26)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((9, 25) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}}-m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) | \(0.17 \pm 0.01 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \(0.17 \pm 0.01 \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \((0.7, 1.3) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \((1.3, 2.2) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) |

\(\tau _{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}}\) | \(0.15 \pm 0.02 ~\mathrm{ns} \) | \(0.15 \pm 0.02 ~\mathrm{ns} \) | \(<\!\!5.0\times 10^{-3} ~\mathrm{ns}\) | \(<\!\!1.0 \times 10^{-3} ~\mathrm{ns}\) |

We display in Fig. 14 the \((M_\mathrm{A}, \tan \beta )\) planes in the partial-CDM case for \(\mu > 0\) (left panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (right panel). Comparing with the corresponding Fig. 11 for the all-CDM case, we see that a large region of smaller values of \(M_\mathrm{A}\) and \(\tan \beta \) are allowed in this case. We also note that the best-fit point in the wino-like region for \(\mu > 0\) has moved to a much smaller value of \(M_\mathrm{A}\) and a much larger value of \(\tan \beta \), much closer to the region currently excluded by LHC searches. In this connection, we note that the fit including only the LHC 8-TeV \(H/A \rightarrow \tau ^+ \tau ^-\) constraint [99] is slightly weaker in this region than that including the 13-TeV constraint [100]. This gives hope that future improvements in the LHC *H* / *A* search may be sensitive to the preferred region of the mAMSB parameter space in the partial-CDM case.

Figure 15 displays the \((m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}, \Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2)\) planes for \(\mu > 0\) (left panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (right panel) in the partial-CDM case. We see that the allowed range of \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) masses decreases with \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2\), as expected. Pure wino or Higgsino LSP states are slightly preferred over mixed ones because the latter are accompanied by larger scattering cross sections on protons and are thus in tension with direct DM searches (see Sect. 5.5). The preferred region in the wino-like LSP \(\mu > 0\) case appears at small values of \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) and \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2\), pulled down by the possibility of negative interference in the \(B_{s,d} \rightarrow \mu ^+ \mu ^-\) decay amplitudes and the consequent decrease in \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\), as discussed in Section 5.3. In the Higgsino-LSP \(\mu >0\) case and in all \(\mu <0\) cases, all \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} h^2\) values below the Planck preferred density are equally likely.

Figure 16 shows the mass spectra allowed in the wino-like LSP case for \(\mu > 0\) (top panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (second panel), and also in the Higgsino-like LSP case for \(\mu > 0\) (third panel) and \(\mu < 0\) (bottom panel). The one- and two-\(\sigma \) ranges are again shown in dark and light orange respectively, and the best-fit values are represented by blue lines. We see that the spectra in the wino-like LSP case are quite different for the two signs of \(\mu \), whereas those in the Higgsino-like LSP case resemble each other more. Table 6 provides numerical values for the 68% CL ranges for the neutralino masses, the gluino mass, the mass difference between the lightest chargino and neutralino, as well as for the corresponding chargino lifetime.

### 5.3 \(\chi ^2\) likelihood functions for observables

Fit results for the mAMSB assuming that the LSP accounts for just a fraction of the cold dark matter density. The 68% CL ranges correspond to \(\Delta \chi ^2 = 1\). We also display the values of the global \(\chi ^2\) function omitting the contributions from HiggsSignals, and the corresponding \(\chi ^2\) probability values calculated taking into account the relevant numbers of degrees of freedom (including the electroweak precision observables) using the standard prescription [82]. Each mass range is shown for both the wino- and Higgsino-LSP scenarios and both signs of \(\mu \)

Parameter | Wino-LSP | Higgsino-LSP | ||
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\(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | |

\(m_0\): best-fit value | \(2.0 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(18 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \( 26 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(26 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

68% range | \((1, 8) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((1, 40) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((6,50) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((6, 50) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{3/2}\): best-fit value | \(320 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(880 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(700 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \(700 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

68% range | \((200, 400) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((150, 950) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((150, 1500) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((150, 1500) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(\tan \beta \): best-fit value | 35 | 4.4 | 4.4 | 4.2 |

68% range | (28, 45) | (3, 50) | (3, 50) | (3, 50) |

\(\chi ^2 / \mathrm{d.o.f}\) | 33.7/27 | 36.4/27 | 36.4/27 | 36.4/27 |

\(\chi ^2\) probability | \(17.5\%\) | \(10.6\%\) | \(10.6\%\) | \(10.7\%\) |

### 5.4 Discovery prospects at the LHC and FCC-hh

Ranges for the masses of the LSP \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\), the next-to-lightest neutralino \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{2}\) and the mass splitting between the lighter chargino \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\) and the LSP and the corresponding lifetime of \(\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}\) for the case in which the \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) may accounts for only a fraction of the CDM density. Each parameter is shown for both the wino- and Higgsino-LSP scenarios as well as for the two signs of \(\mu \)

Parameter | Wino-LSP | Higgsino | ||
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\(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | \(\mu >0\) | \(\mu <0\) | |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) | \((0.7, 1.2) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.5, 3.1) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.07, 1.15) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.07, 1.15) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{2}}\) | \((1.9, 3.5) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.6, 9.2) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.08, 1.15) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.08, 1.15) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{3}}\) | \((2.8, 5.4) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.6, 13.7) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.5, 4.9)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((0.5, 4.8)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{4}}\) | \((2.8, 5.4) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((1.3, 13.7) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((1.4, 15.0)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((1.3, 14.8)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{g}}\) | \((3.9, 6.9) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((2.9, 17.2) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((3.1, 27)\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) | \((3.0, 26) \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) |

\(m_{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}}-m_{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}\) | \((0.16, 0.17) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \((0.16, 4.5) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \((0.7, 6.0) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) | \((1.3, 7.0) \,\, \mathrm {GeV}\) |

\(\tau _{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}}\) | \((0.15, 0.17) ~\mathrm{ns} \) | \((0.02, 0.17) ~\mathrm{ns} \) | \(<\!\!5.0 \times 10^{-3} ~\mathrm{ns}\) | \(<\!\!1.0 \times 10^{-3} ~\mathrm{ns}\) |

*pp*collider would extend these sensitivities greatly. Reference [136, 137] studied the capability of exploring the wino LSP scenario at a 100-TeV collider and found that the sensitivity reaches around \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}} \sim 3\) TeV at 3000 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\). We therefore expect that at a 100-TeV collider with 3000 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) almost the entire 68% CL region and a part of the 95% CL with \(\tau _{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}} > 0.1\) ns will be explored for \(\mu > 0\) and \(< 0\), respectively. If improvements on the detector and the analysis allow the sensitivity to be extended to \(m_{\tilde{\chi }^\pm _{1}} \gtrsim 3\) TeV, the wino-like dark matter region in the scenario with \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} = \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\) can also be probed.

Coloured sparticle searches that will become sensitive in future LHC runs are shown in Figs. 21, 22, and 23 in the (\(m_{\tilde{g}}, m_{\tilde{q}_R}\)), (\(m_{\tilde{q}_R}, m_{\tilde{\chi }_1^0}\)) and (\(m_{\tilde{g}}, m_{\tilde{\chi }_1^0}\)) planes, respectively, the latter being the most promising one. In these figures, exclusion contours from the Run-1 (orange) and the 13 TeV with 13 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) (purple) data are taken from ATLAS analyses [138, 139], respectively. Also superimposed are the projected 95% CL contours at the 14 TeV LHC with 300 (green dashed) and 3000 (green dotted) \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\)estimated by ATLAS [140, 141]. We also show, by grey dotted contours, the sensitivity at a 100 TeV collider with 3000 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) taken from [142]. These contours assume simplified models with \(\mathrm {BR}(\tilde{q} \rightarrow q \tilde{\chi }_1^0) = \mathrm {BR}(\tilde{g} \rightarrow qq \tilde{\chi }_1^0) = 100\%\) for Figs. 22 and 23. For Fig. 21, in addition to these decays the heavier of the gluino and squark can also decay into the lighter one with an appropriate branching ratio. In Fig. 22 the projected LHC contours are estimated postulating \(m_{\tilde{g}} = 4.5\) TeV, which is the right ball-park in our scenario. We see that with 3000 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) the LHC could nip the tip of the 95% CL region in these planes, whereas with the same luminosity a 100-TeV collider would explore a sizeable region of the parameter space. In particular, the best-fit point and the 68% CL region are within this sensitivity for the \(\mu > 0\) case.

Allowing \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}} < \Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\), we found in our sample very light winos as well as Higgsinos. If both of them are light but with a sufficiently large mass hierarchy between them, the LHC and a 100-TeV collider may be able to detect the production of a heavier state decaying subsequently into the lightest state by emitting the heavy bosons \(W^\pm \), *Z* and *h*. In Fig. 24 we plot the current and future LHC reaches as well as the sensitivity expected at a 100-TeV collider with the same luminosity assumptions as in the previous figures. The current limit (purple) and projected sensitivity (green) at the LHC are estimated by CMS [143] and ATLAS [141] and assume wino-like chargino and neutralino production and a 100% rate for decay into the Open image in new window final state. As can be seen in Fig. 24, the region that can be explored is mainly the Higgsino-like LSP region, whereas we are interested in the wino-like chargino and neutralino production. However, unlike the simplified model assumption employed by ATLAS and CMS, the charged wino decays into neutral or charged Higgsinos emitting \(W^\pm \), *Z* and *h* with 50, 25 and 25% branching ratio, respectively [144, 145, 146]. Similarly, the branching ratios of the neutral wino are 50, 25 and 25% for decays into \(W^\pm \), *Z* and *h*, respectively. In total, only 25% of the associated charged and neutral wino production events contribute to the Open image in new window channel. The LHC contours shown in Fig. 24 should be considered with this caveat. Also shown by the grey dotted line is the sensitivity expected at a 100-TeV collider with 3000 \(\mathrm{fb}^{-1}\) luminosity studied in [144] (see also [146]) assuming a Higgsino-like LSP and wino-like chargino and neutralino production, taking into account the correct branching ratios mentioned above. As can be seen, a 100-TeV collider is sensitive up to \(m_{\tilde{\chi }_3^0} \sim 2\) TeV, and a large part of the 95% CL region would be within reach, and also a substantial portion of the 68% CL region if \(\mu < 0\), though not the best-fit point for either sign of \(\mu \).

### 5.5 Prospects for direct detection of dark matter

While the heavy spectra of mAMSB models may lie beyond the reach of the LHC constraints, future direct DM search experiments may be capable of detecting the interaction of a mAMSB neutralino, even if it does not provide all the CDM density [147, 148, 149, 150]. Figure 26 displays the cross section for spin-independent scattering on a proton, \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\), versus the neutralino mass. As previously, the left plane is for \(\mu > 0\), the right plane is for \(\mu < 0\), the 1 and 2 \(\sigma \) CL contours are shown as red and blue lines, and the wino- and Higgsino-LSP regions are shaded in pale blue and yellow. The pale-green-shaded region represents the range of \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) excluded at the 95% CL by our combination of the latest PandaX and LUX results [151, 152], while the purple and blue lines show the prospective sensitivities of the LUX-Zeplin (LZ), XENON1T and XENONnT experiments [153, 154, 155]. Also shown, as a dashed orange line, is the neutrino ‘floor’, below which astrophysical neutrino backgrounds would dominate any DM signal [156] (grey region). The mAMSB region allowed at the \(2\,\sigma \) level includes points where \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) is nominally larger than that excluded by LUX and PandaX at the \(95\%\) CL, which become allowed when the large theoretical uncertainty in \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) is taken into account.

This uncertainty stems largely from the uncertainty in the strangeness contribution to the nucleon, which receives contributions from two sources. The strange scalar density can be written as \(y = 1 - \sigma _0 / \Sigma _{\pi N}\) where \(\sigma _0\) is the change in the nucleon mass due to the non-zero *u*, *d* quark masses, and is estimated from octet baryon mass differences to be \(\sigma _0 = 36 \pm 7\) MeV [157, 158, 159]. This is the dominant source of error in the computed cross section. In addition, the \(\pi \)-nucleon \(\Sigma \) term is taken as \(50 \pm 8\) MeV. Another non-negligible source of error comes from the uncertainty in quark masses. The resulting 68% CL uncertainty in the calculated value of \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) is more than 50%.

However, the current data already put pressure on the mAMSB when \(\mu > 0\), in both the wino- and Higgsino-like LSP cases, corresponding to the left and right vertical strips in Fig. 26.^{11} The Higgsino-like \(\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}\) with this sign of \(\mu \) could be explored completely with the prospective LZ sensitivity, while the wino-like LSP may have \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) below the neutrino ‘floor’. The wino-like LSP region lying below the LZ sensitivity could be partly accessible to a 20-tonne DM experiment such as Darwin [160]. When \(\mu < 0\), \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) may be lower than for positive \(\mu \), possibly lying below the LZ sensitivity in the Higgsino case and far below the neutrino ‘floor’ in the wino case.

Figure 27 extends the analysis to the case in which the LSP is allowed to contribute only a fraction of the CDM density. In this case we weight the model value \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) by the ratio \(\Omega _{\tilde{\chi }^0_{1}}/\Omega _\mathrm{CDM}\), since this would be the fraction of the galactic halo provided by the LSP in this case. There are still reasonably good prospects for future DM direct detection experiments when \(\mu > 0\), with only a small fraction of the parameter space lying below the neutrino ‘floor’. However, when \(\mu < 0\) \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) may fall considerably below the ‘floor’, because of cancellations [161, 162, 163, 164, 165] in the scattering matrix element.

## 6 Summary

Using the MasterCode framework, we have constructed in this paper a global likelihood function for the minimal AMSB model and explored the constraints imposed by the available data on flavour, electroweak and Higgs observables, as well as by LHC searches for gluinos via Open image in new window signatures. We have also included the constraint imposed by the cosmological cold dark matter density, which we interpret as either a measurement or an upper limit on the relic LSP density, and searches for dark matter scattering.

In the all-CDM case, we find that the spectrum is relatively heavy, with strongly interacting sparticles weighing \(\gtrsim \)10 \(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), but much smaller masses are possible if the LSP contributes only a fraction of the overall CDM density. In the all-CDM case, the LSP composition may be either wino- or Higgsino-like with almost equal likelihood, weighing \(\sim \)3 \(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\) and \(\sim \)1 \(\,\, \mathrm {TeV}\), respectively. On the other hand, in the part-CDM case much lighter LSP masses are allowed at the 68% CL, as are intermediate LSP masses.

Because of the high masses in the all-CDM case, the prospects for discovering sparticles at the LHC are small, and there are limited prospects for observing significant deviations for the SM predictions for flavour observables. However, in the part-CDM case some sparticles may well be within reach of the LHC, and there are more interesting possibilities for observing mAMSB effects on flavour observables, e.g., \(\mathrm{BR}(B_{s, d} \rightarrow \mu ^+\mu ^-)\). In both cases, wide ranges of dark matter scattering cross sections, \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) are allowed: \(\sigma ^\mathrm{SI}_p\) may be very close to the upper limits established recently by the PandaX and LUX experiments, or it may be within reach of the planned LUX-Zeplin experiment, or it may even be far below the neutrino ‘floor’.

The mAMSB scenario discussed in this paper clearly presents different challenges from the models with GUT-scale unification of (at least some of) the soft SUSY-breaking parameters that we have studied previously [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8], and it does not share the flexibility of pMSSM models [6, 166]. As such, the mAMSB serves as a useful reminder that SUSY phenomenology may differ significantly from what is preferred in these other scenarios.

## Footnotes

- 1.
- 2.
- 3.
For a previous study of the impact of flavour constraints on the mAMSB model, see [83].

- 4.
We imposed SU(2) symmetry on the soft SUSY-breaking terms in the \(\overline{\mathrm{DR}}\)-on-shell conversion of the parameters in the scalar top/bottom sector, leading to a small shift in the values of the scalar bottom masses.

- 5.
We emphasize that one can choose a different fitting function, as long as the fit is good near \(3.1 \,\, \mathrm {TeV}\).

- 6.
As stated above, a full point-by-point calculation of the relic density would be impractical for our large sample of mAMSB parameters.

- 7.
This version is different from that used for our \(\chi ^2\) evaluation, and is used here for illustration only. The numerical differences do not change the picture in a significant way.

- 8.
The uncoloured patches and the irregularities in the contours are due to the limitations of our sampling.

- 9.
The diagonal gap in the left panel of Fig. 7 for \(\mu >0\) is in a region where our numerical calculations encounter instabilities.

- 10.
- 11.
The arches between them, where the LSP has a mixed wino/Higgsino composition, are under severe pressure from LUX and PandaX.

## Notes

### Acknowledgements

The work of E.B. and G.W. is supported in part by the Collaborative Research Center SFB676 of the DFG, “Particles, Strings and the early Universe”, and by the European Commission through the “HiggsTools” Initial Training Network PITN-GA-2012-316704. The work of R.C. is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-1151640 at the University of Illinois Chicago and in part by Fermilab, operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC under Contract No. De-AC02-07CH11359 with the United States Department of Energy. This work of M.J.D. is supported in part by the Australian Research Council. The work of J.E. is supported in part by STFC (UK) via the research Grant ST/L000326/1, and the work of H.F. is also supported in part by STFC (UK). The work of S.H. is supported in part by CICYT (Grant FPA 2013-40715-P) and by the Spanish MICINN’s Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Program under Grant MultiDark CSD2009-00064. The work of D.M.-S. is supported by the European Research Council via Grant BSMFLEET 639068. The work of F.L. is supported by World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), MEXT, Japan. The work of K.A.O. is supported in part by DOE Grant DE-SC0011842 at the University of Minnesota. KS is supported by STFC through the IPPP grant. The work of K.S. is partially supported by the National Science Centre, Poland, under research Grants DEC-2014/15/B/ST2/02157 and DEC-2015/18/M/ST2/00054.

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