Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with top quarks and decaying into a b¯b pair in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
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A search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair, t¯tH, is presented. The analysis uses 36.1 fb−1 of pp collision data at √s=13 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in 2015 and 2016. The search targets the H→b¯b decay mode. The selected events contain either one or two electrons or muons from the top-quark decays, and are then categorized according to the number of jets and how likely these are to contain b-hadrons. Multivariate techniques are used to discriminate between signal and background events, the latter being dominated by t¯t+jets production. For a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, the ratio of the measured t¯tH signal cross-section to the standard model expectation is found to be μ=0.84+0.64−0.61. A value of μ greater than 2.0 is excluded at 95% confidence level (C.L.) while the expected upper limit is μ<1.2 in the absence of a t¯tH signal.
CitationAaboud M, Aad G, Abbott B, Abdinov OBo, Abeloos B, Abidi SH, AbouZeid H, Abraham NL, Abramowicz H, Abreu H, Buanes T, Dale Ø, Eigen G, Fomin N, Lipniacka A, Martin dit Latour B, Mæland S, Stugu B, Yang Z, Zalieckas J, Bugge MK, Cameron DG, Catmore JR, Feigl S, Franconi L, Garonne V, Gramstad E, Morisbak V, Oppen H, Ould-Saada F, Read AL, Røhne OM, Sandaker H, Serfon C, Stapnes S, Vadla KOH, Abulaiti Y, Acharya BS, Adachi S, Adamczyk L, Adelman J, Adersberger M, Adye T, Affolder AA, Afik Y, Agheorghiesei C, Aguilar Saavedra JA, Ahlen S, Ahmadov F, Aielli G, ATLAS C. Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with top quarks and decaying into a b¯b pair in pp collisions at √s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Physical Review D. 2018;97:072016:1-44
PublisherAmerican Physical Society
SubjectResearch AreasQuantum field theorySpontaneous symmetry breakingPhysical SystemsHiggs bosonsQuantum field theorySpontaneous symmetry breaking
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