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Search for the Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson and decaying into two spin-zero particles in the H -> aa -> 4b channel in pp collisions at root s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Univ Mohamed Premier, Fac Sci, Oujda, Morocco.;LPTPM, Oujda, Morocco..
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. Royal Inst Technol, Dept Phys, Stockholm, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6945-1916
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. Royal Inst Technol, Dept Phys, Stockholm, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3867-0336
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics. Royal Inst Technol, Dept Phys, Stockholm, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8015-7512
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2018 (English)In: Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), ISSN 1126-6708, E-ISSN 1029-8479, no 10, article id 031Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A search for exotic decays of the Higgs boson into a pair of spin-zero particles, H -> aa, where the a-boson decays into b-quarks promptly or with a mean proper lifetime c tau(a) up to 6 mm and has a mass in the range of 20-60GeV, is presented. The search is performed in events where the Higgs boson is produced in association with a W or Z boson, giving rise to a signature of one or two charged leptons (electrons or muons) and multiple jets from b-quark decays. The analysis is based on the dataset of proton-proton collisions at root s = 13TeV recorded in 2015 and 2016 by the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36: 1 fb(-1). No significant excess of events above the Standard Model background prediction is observed, and 95% confidence-level upper limits are derived for the production cross-sections for pp -> WH, ZH and their combination, times the branching ratio of the decay chain H -> aa -> 4b. For a-bosons which decay promptly, the upper limit on the combination of cross-sections for WH and ZH times the branching ratio of H -> aa -> 4b ranges from 3.0 pb for m(a) = 20 GeV to 1.3 pb for m(a) = 60 GeV, assuming that the ratio of WH to ZH cros-ssections follows the Standard Model prediction. For a-bosons with longer proper lifetimes, the most stringent limits are 1.8 pb and 0.68 pb, respectively, at c tau(a) similar to 0.4 mm.

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Springer, 2018. no 10, article id 031
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Beyond Standard Model, Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments), Higgs physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239100DOI: 10.1007/JHEP10(2018)031ISI: 000447257400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054663975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239100DiVA, id: diva2:1264832
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
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