Search for Higgs boson decays into a pair of light bosons in the bb mu mu final state in pp collision at root s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector



Aaboud, M, Aad, G, Abbott, B, Abdinov, O, Abeloos, B, Abhayasinghe, DK, Abidi, SH, AbouZeid, OS, Abraham, NL, Abramowicz, H
et al (show 2904 more authors) (2019) Search for Higgs boson decays into a pair of light bosons in the bb mu mu final state in pp collision at root s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. PHYSICS LETTERS B, 790. pp. 1-21.

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Abstract

A search for decays of the Higgs boson into a pair of new spin-zero particles, $H \to aa$, where the $a$-bosons decay into a $b$-quark pair and muon pair, is presented. The search uses 36.1 fb$^{-1}$ of proton-proton collision data at $\sqrt{s}=13$ TeV recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. No significant deviation from the Standard Model prediction is observed. Upper limits at 95% confidence level are placed on the branching ratio $(\sigma_H / \sigma_{SM}) \times B(H\to aa\to bb\mu\mu)$, ranging from $2\times 10^{-4}$ to $10^{-3}$ in the $a$-boson mass range of 20-60 GeV. Model-independent limits are set on the visible production cross-section times the branching ratio to the $bb\mu\mu$ final state for new physics, $\sigma_{vis}(X) \times B(X\to bb\mu\mu)$, ranging from 0.1 fb to 0.73 fb for $m_{\mu\mu}$ between 18 and 62 GeV.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 36 pages in total, author list starting page 20, 6 figures, 2 tables, submitted to Phys. Lett. B. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/HIGG-2016-03/
Uncontrolled Keywords: hep-ex, hep-ex
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:21
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2018.10.073
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.10.073
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3026037