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Search for a light pseudoscalar Higgs boson in the boosted ???? final state in proton-proton collisions at ?s = 13 TeV

Abstract: A search for a light pseudoscalar Higgs boson (a) decaying from the 125 GeV (or a heavier) scalar Higgs boson (H) is performed using the 2016 LHC proton-proton collision data at s?s = 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb-1, collected by the CMS experiment. The analysis considers gluon fusion and vector boson fusion production of the H, followed by the decay H ? aa ? ????, and considers pseudoscalar masses in the range 3.6 < ma < 21 GeV. Because of the large mass difference between the H and the a bosons and the small masses of the a boson decay products, both the ?? and the ?? pairs have high Lorentz boost and are collimated. The ?? reconstruction efficiency is increased by modifying the standard technique for hadronic ? lepton decay reconstruction to account for a nearby muon. No significant signal is observed. Model-independent limits are set at 95% confidence level, as a function of ma, on the branching fraction (?) for H ? aa ? ????, down to 1.5 (2.0) × 10?4 for mH = 125 (300) GeV. Model-dependent limits on ?(H ? aa) are set within the context of two Higgs doublets plus singlet models, with the most stringent results obtained for Type-III models. These results extend current LHC searches for heavier a bosons that decay to resolved lepton pairs and provide the first such bounds for an H boson with a mass above 125 GeV.

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 Fuente: Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol. 2020, Num. 08, Art. Num. 139

Editorial: Springer Verlag

 Fecha de publicación: 01/08/2020

Nº de páginas: 44

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/JHEP08(2020)139

ISSN: 1126-6708,1029-8479

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP08(2020)139