Search for Yukawa production of a light neutral Higgs boson at LEP

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Abstract

Within a Two-Higgs-Doublet Model (2HDM) a search for a light Higgs boson in the mass range of 4-12 GeV has been performed in the Yukawa process e(+)e(-) --> b (b) over barA/h --> b (b) over barr(+)r(-), using the data collected by the OPAL detector at LEP between 1992 and 1995 in e(+)e(-) collisions at about 91 GeV centre-of-mass energy. A likelihood selection is applied to separate background and signal. The number of observed events is in good agreement with the expected background. Within a CP-conserving 2HDM type II model the cross-section for Yukawa production depends on epsilon(d)(A) = \tan beta\ and epsilon(d)(h) \sin alpha/cos beta\ for the production of the CP-odd A and the CP-even h, respectively, where tan beta is the ratio of the vacuum expectation values of the Higgs doublets and a is the mixing angle between the neutral CP-even Higgs bosons. From our data 95% C.L. upper limits are derived for epsilon(d)(A) within the range of 8.5 to 13.6 and fur epsilon(d)(h) between 8.2 to 13.7, depending on the mass of the Higgs bosun, assuming a branching fraction into tau(+)tau(-) of 100%. An interpretation of the limits within a 2HDM type II model with Standard Model particle content is given. These results impose constraints on several models that have been proposed to explain the recent BNL measurement of the muon anomalous magnetic moment.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-407
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2002