Observation of H→bb¯ decays and VH production with the ATLAS detector

Barton, Adam Edward and Bertram, Iain Alexander and Borissov, Guennadi and Bouhova-Thacker, Evelina Vassileva and Fox, Harald and Henderson, Robert Charles William and Jones, Roger William Lewis and Kartvelishvili, Vakhtang and Long, Robin Eamonn and Love, Peter Allan and Muenstermann, Daniel Matthias Alfred and Parker, Adam Jackson and Smizanska, Maria and Tee, Amy and Walder, James William and Wharton, Andrew Mark and Whitmore, Ben (2018) Observation of H→bb¯ decays and VH production with the ATLAS detector. Physics Letters B, 786. pp. 59-86. ISSN 0370-2693

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Abstract

A search for the decay of the Standard Model Higgs boson into a bb¯ pair when produced in association with a W or Z boson is performed with the ATLAS detector. The data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 79.8 fb−1were collected in proton–proton collisions during Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV. For a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, an excess of events over the expected background from other Standard Model processes is found with an observed (expected) significance of 4.9 (4.3) standard deviations. A combination with the results from other searches in Run 1 and in Run 2 for the Higgs boson in the b¯b decay mode is performed, which yields an observed (expected) significance of 5.4 (5.5) standard deviations, thus providing direct observation of the Higgs boson decay into b-quarks. The ratio of the measured event yield for a Higgs boson decaying into b¯bto the Standard Model expectation is 1.01 ± 0.12(stat.)+0.16−0.15(syst.). Additionally, a combination of Run 2 results searching for the Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson yields an observed (expected) significance of 5.3 (4.8) standard deviations.

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Journal Article
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Physics Letters B
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23 Oct 2018 11:54
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