We investigate the discovery potential for first generation leptoquarks at the LEP and LEP200 e+e− colliders. We consider single leptoquark production via resolved photon contributions which offers a much higher kinematic limit than the more commonly considered leptoquark pair production process. This process also has the advantage that it is independent of the leptoquark chirality, is almost insensitive to whether the leptoquark is scalar or vector, and only depends on the leptoquark charge. We estimate that from the nonobservation of energetic e - jet events that cannot be explained as backgrounds, the limits at LEP for all types of leptoquarks are MLQ > 90 GeV. For the just completed s= 161 GeV run at LEP200 we estimate potential scalar leptoquark mass limits of MLQ > 130 GeV for QLQ=−23,−43 and MLQ > 148 GeV for QLQ=−13,−53 and for vector LQ's the limits are ∼ 140 and ∼ 154 GeV respectively. Ultimately, LEP200 should be able to achieve discovery limits for leptoquarks of ∼ 188 GeV for the s= 190 GeV runs. In all cases we assume electromagnetic strength coupling.

Physics Letters B
Department of Physics

Doncheski, M.A. (Michael A.), & Godfrey, S. (1997). Leptoquark mass limits from single leptoquark production at LEP and LEP200. Physics Letters B, 393(3-4), 355–359. doi:10.1016/S0370-2693(96)01647-4