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 139 fb-1 from proton-proton collisions at √s = 13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The search considers the Z boson decaying into electrons or muons and the H boson into a pair of b-quarks or W bosons. The mass range considered is 230-800 GeV for the A boson and 130-700 GeV for the H boson. The data are in good agreement with the background predicted by the Standard Model, and therefore 95% confidence-level upper limits for σ × B(A → ZH) × B(H → bb or H → WW) are set. The upper limits are in the range 0.0062-0.380 pb for the H → bb channel and in the range 0.023-8.9 pb for the H → WW channel. An interpretation of the results in the context of two-Higgs-Doublet models is also given.
Bibliographical note53 pages in total, author list starting page 37, 14 figures, 4 tables, published in Eur. Phys. J. C. All figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/HDBS-2018-13/