Search for a heavy Higgs boson decaying into a Z boson and another heavy Higgs boson in the ℓℓbb final state in pp collisions at s=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Abstract

A search for a heavy neutral Higgs boson, A, decaying into a Z boson and another heavy Higgs boson, H, is performed using a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1 from proton–proton collisions at s√=13 TeV recorded in 2015 and 2016 by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The search considers the Z boson decaying to electrons or muons and the H boson into a pair of b-quarks. No evidence for the production of an A boson is found. Considering each production process separately, the 95% confidence-level upper limits on the pp→A→ZH production cross-section times the branching ratio H→bb are in the range of 14–830 fb for the gluon–gluon fusion process and 26–570 fb for the b-associated process for the mass ranges 130–700 GeV of the Hboson and 230–800 GeV of the A boson. The results are interpreted in the context of two-Higgs-doublet models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-414
Number of pages23
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume783
Early online date11 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

39 pages in total, author list starting page 23, 6 figures, 2 tables, published in Phys. Lett. B. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at http://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/EXOT-2016-34

Keywords

  • hep-ex

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