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Search for decays of the 125 GeV Higgs boson into a Z boson and a ? or ? meson

Abstract: Decays of the 125 GeV Higgs boson into a Z boson and a ?0(770) or ?(1020) meson are searched for using proton-proton collision data collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC at ?s = 13 TeV. The analysed data set corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 137 fb-1. Events are selected in which the Z boson decays into a pair of electrons or a pair of muons, and the ? and ? mesons decay into pairs of pions and kaons, respectively. No significant excess above the background model is observed. As different polarization states are possible for the decay products of the Z boson and ? or ? mesons, affecting the signal acceptance, scenarios in which the decays are longitudinally or transversely polarized are considered. Upper limits at the 95% confidence level on the Higgs boson branching fractions into Z? and Z? are determined to be 1.04-1.31% and 0.31-0.40%, respectively, where the ranges reflect the considered polarization scenarios; these values are 740?940 and 730?950 times larger than the respective standard model expectations. These results constitute the first experimental limits on the two decay channels.

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 Fuente: Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol. 2020, Num. 11, Art. Num. 039

Editorial: Springer Verlag

 Fecha de publicación: 01/11/2020

Nº de páginas: 42

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1007/JHEP11(2020)039

ISSN: 1126-6708,1029-8479

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP11(2020)039