Search for the b b ¯ decay of the Standard Model Higgs boson in associated ([W over Z])H production with the ATLAS detector

ATLAS Collaboration, Paul Thompson, Benedict Allbrooke, Ludovica Aperio Bella, Hardeep Bansil, Juraj Bracinik, David Charlton, Andrew Chisholm, Andrew Daniells, Christopher Hawkes, Stephen Hillier, Simon Head, Mark Levy, Richard Mudd, Javier Murillo Quijada, Paul Newman, Konstantinos Nikolopoulos, Jody Palmer, Mark Slater, Jurgen ThomasAlan Watson, Miriam Watson, John Wilson

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Abstract

A search for the bb¯¯bb¯ decay of the Standard Model Higgs boson is performed with the ATLAS experiment using the full dataset recorded at the LHC in Run 1. The integrated luminosities used are 4.7 and 20.3 fb−1 from pp collisions at s√=7s=7 and 8 TeV, respectively. The processes considered are associated (W/Z)H production, where W → eν/μν, Z → ee/μμ and Z → νν. The observed (expected) deviation from the background-only hypothesis corresponds to a significance of 1.4 (2.6) standard deviations and the ratio of the measured signal yield to the Standard Model expectation is found to be μ = 0.52 ± 0.32 (stat.) ± 0.24 (syst.) for a Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV. The analysis procedure is validated by a measurement of the yield of (W/Z)Z production with Z→bb¯¯Z→bb¯ in the same final states as for the Higgs boson search, from which the ratio of the observed signal yield to the Standard Model expectation is found to be 0.74 ± 0.09 (stat.) ± 0.14 (syst.).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages69
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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