Search for a high-mass Higgs boson decaying to a W boson pair in pp collisions at s√=8s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Abstract

A search for a high-mass Higgs boson $H$ is performed in the $H\to{WW}\to\ell\nu\ell\nu$ and $H\to{WW}\to\ell\nu{qq}$ decay channels, using $pp$ collision data corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb$^{-1}$, collected at $\sqrt{s}=$ 8 TeV by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. No evidence of a high-mass Higgs boson is found. Limits on $\sigma_H\times \mathrm{BR}(H\to{WW})$ as a function of the Higgs boson mass $m_H$ are determined in three different scenarios: one in which the heavy Higgs boson has a narrow width compared to the experimental resolution, one a width increasing with the boson mass and modeled by the complex-pole scheme following the same behavior as in the Standard Model, and one for intermediate widths. The upper range of the search is $m_H=1500$ GeV for the narrow-width scenario and $m_H=1000$ GeV for the other two scenarios. The lower edge of the search range is $200-300$ GeV and depends on the analysis channel and search scenario. For each scenario, individual and combined limits from the two $WW$ decay channels are presented. At $m_H = 1500$ GeV, the highest mass point tested, $\sigma_H\cdot\mathrm{BR}(H\rightarrow WW)$ for a narrow-width Higgs boson is constrained to be less than 22 fb and 6.6 fb at the 95% CL for the gluon fusion and vector-boson fusion production modes, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJHEP
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

52 pages plus author list (69 pages total), 16 figures, 8 tables, published version, all figures including auxiliary figures are available at https://atlas.web.cern.ch/Atlas/GROUPS/PHYSICS/PAPERS/HIGG-2013-19/

Keywords

  • hep-ex

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