Search for Heavy Higgs Bosons A/H Decaying to a Top Quark Pair in pp Collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector

Date

2017

Authors

Aaboud, M.
Albert, Justin
Chiu, Y. H.
Elliot, Alison A.
Fincke-Keeler, J.
Hamano, Kenji
Hill, Ewan Chin
Keeler, Richard
Kowalewski, Robert
Kuwertz, E. S.

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Publisher

Physical Review Letters

Abstract

A search for heavy pseudoscalar (A) and scalar (H) Higgs bosons decaying into a top quark pair (t¯t) has been performed with 20.3  fb−1 of proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy √s=8  TeV. Interference effects between the signal process and standard model t¯t production, which are expected to distort the signal shape from a single peak to a peak-dip structure, are taken into account. No significant deviation from the standard model prediction is observed in the t¯t invariant mass spectrum in final states with an electron or muon, large missing transverse momentum, and at least four jets. The results are interpreted within the context of a type-II two-Higgs-doublet model. Exclusion limits on the signal strength are derived as a function of the mass mA/H and the ratio of the vacuum expectation values of the two Higgs fields, tanβ, for mA/H>500  GeV.

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Keywords

Extensions of Higgs sector, Hypothetical particle physics models, Hypothetical scalars, Top quark, Hadron colliders

Citation

Aaboud, M.; Aad, G.; Abbott, B.; Abdinov, O.; Abeloos, B.; Abidi, S. H.; … & Zwalinski, L. (2017). Search for Heavy Higgs Bosons A/H Decaying to a Top Quark Pair in pp Collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector. Physical Review Letters, 119(19), article 191803. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.191803