Search for Invisible Decays of a Higgs Boson Produced in Association with a Z Boson in ATLAS

Agustoni, Marco; Beck, Hans Peter; Cervelli, Alberto; Ereditato, Antonio; Gallo, Valentina; Haug, Sigve; Kruker, Tobias; Marti, Lukas; Schneider, Basil; Sciacca, Gianfranco; Stramaglia, Maria; Stucci, Stefania Antonia; Weber, Michael (2014). Search for Invisible Decays of a Higgs Boson Produced in Association with a Z Boson in ATLAS. Physical review letters, 112(20), p. 201802. American Physical Society 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.201802

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A search for evidence of invisible-particle decay modes of a Higgs boson produced in association with a Z boson at the Large Hadron Collider is presented. No deviation from the standard model expectation is observed in 4.5 fb−1 (20.3 fb−1) of 7 (8) TeV pp collision data collected by the ATLAS experiment. Assuming the standard model rate for ZH production, an upper limit of 75%, at the 95% confidence level is set on the branching ratio to invisible-particle decay modes of the Higgs boson at a mass of 125.5 GeV. The limit on the branching ratio is also interpreted in terms of an upper limit on the allowed dark matter-nucleon scattering cross section within a Higgs-portal dark matter scenario. Within the constraints of such a scenario, the results presented in this Letter provide the strongest available limits for low-mass dark matter candidates. Limits are also set on an additional neutral Higgs boson, in the mass range 110 < mH < 400 GeV, produced in association with a Z boson and decaying to invisible particles.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)

UniBE Contributor:

Agustoni, Marco; Beck, Hans Peter; Cervelli, Alberto; Ereditato, Antonio; Gallo, Valentina; Haug, Sigve; Kruker, Tobias; Marti, Lukas; Schneider, Basil; Sciacca, Gianfranco; Stramaglia, Maria; Stucci, Stefania Antonia and Weber, Michael

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

0031-9007

Publisher:

American Physical Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Jan Dirk Brinksma-Albrecht

Date Deposited:

03 Jun 2015 09:25

Last Modified:

03 Jun 2015 09:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.201802

Additional Information:

Kollaboration - Es sind nur die Berner Autoren namentlich erwähnt.

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.68722

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/68722

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