Several extensions of the Standard Model predict the production of dark matter particles at the LHC. An uncharted signature of dark matter particles produced in association with VV=W±Wa"or ZZ pairs from a decay of a dark Higgs boson s is searched for using 139 fb-1 of pp collisions recorded by the ATLAS detector at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. The s→V(qq)V(qq) decays are reconstructed with a novel technique aimed at resolving the dense topology from boosted VV pairs using jets in the calorimeter and tracking information. Dark Higgs scenarios with ms>160 GeV are excluded.

Aad, G., Abbott, B., Abbott, D.C., Abed Abud, A., Abeling, K., Abhayasinghe, D.K., et al. (2021). Search for Dark Matter Produced in Association with a Dark Higgs Boson Decaying into W±Wa" or ZZ in Fully Hadronic Final States from s =13 TeV pp Collisions Recorded with the ATLAS Detector. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 126(12) [10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.121802].

Search for Dark Matter Produced in Association with a Dark Higgs Boson Decaying into W±Wa" or ZZ in Fully Hadronic Final States from s =13 TeV pp Collisions Recorded with the ATLAS Detector

Camerlingo M. T.;D'Amico V.;Di Micco B.;Di Nardo R.;Martinelli L.;Orestano D.;Petrucci F.;Rossi E.;