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Search for excited τ -leptons and leptoquarks in the final state with τ -leptons and jets in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector ATLAS Collaboration


A search is reported for excited τ -leptons and leptoquarks in events with two hadronically decaying τ -leptons and two or more jets. The search uses proton-proton (pp) collision data at √ s = 13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS experiment during the Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider in 2015–2018. The total integrated luminosity is 139 fb−1 . The excited τ -lepton is assumed to be produced and to decay via a four-fermion contact interaction into an ordinary τ -lepton and a quark-antiquark pair. The leptoquarks are assumed to be produced in pairs via the strong interaction, and each leptoquark is assumed to couple to a charm or lighter quark and a τ -lepton. No excess over the background prediction is observed. Excited τ -leptons with masses below 2.8 TeV are excluded at 95% CL in scenarios with the contact interaction scale Λ set to 10 TeV. At the extreme limit of model validity where Λ is set equal to the excited τ -lepton mass, excited τ -leptons with masses below 4.6 TeV are excluded. Leptoquarks with masses below 1.3 TeV are excluded at 95% CL if their branching ratio to a charm quark and a τ -lepton equals 1. The analysis does not exploit flavour-tagging in the signal region.

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