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Motivated by the recent update on LHC searches for narrow and broad resonances decaying into diphotons we reconsider the possibility that the observed peak in the invariant mass spectrum at Mγγ=750GeVoriginates from a closed string (possibly axionic) excitation ϕ(associated with low mass scale string theory) that has a coupling with gauge kinetic terms. We reevaluate the production of ϕby photon fusion to accommodate recent developments on additional contributions to relativistic light–light scattering. We also study the production of ϕvia gluon fusion. We show that for both a narrow and a broad resonance these two initial topologies can accommodate the excess of events, spanning a wide range of string mass scales 7 Ms/TeV30that are consistent with the experimental lower bound: Ms>7TeV, at 95% CL. We demonstrate that for the two production processes the LHC13 data is compatible with the lack of a diphoton excess in LHC8 data within ∼1σ. We also show that if the resonance production is dominated by gluon fusion the null results on dijet searches at LHC8 further constrain the coupling strengths of ϕ, but without altering the range of possible string mass scales.


This article was originally published by Physics Letters B, available at DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.063.

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