Search for flavour-changing neutral current top quark decays t→Hq in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

ATLAS, Collaboration; Beck, Hans Peter; Cervelli, Alberto; Ereditato, Antonio; Haug, Sigve; Kabana, Sonja; Meloni, Federico; Mullier, Geoffrey André Adrien; Pretzl, Klaus-Peter; Stramaglia, Maria Elena; Stucci, Stefania; Weber, Michael (2015). Search for flavour-changing neutral current top quark decays t→Hq in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. Journal of High Energy Physics, 12(12), p. 61. Springer 10.1007/JHEP12(2015)061

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A search for flavour-changing neutral current decays of a top quark to an up-type quark (q=u,c ) and the Standard Model Higgs boson, where the Higgs boson decays to bb ¯ , is presented. The analysis searches for top quark pair events in which one top quark decays to Wb , with the W boson decaying leptonically, and the other top quark decays to Hq . The search is based on pp collisions at √s=8 TeV recorded in 2012 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and uses an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb⁻¹. Data are analysed in the lepton-plus-jets final state, characterised by an isolated electron or muon and at least four jets. The search exploits the high multiplicity of b -quark jets characteristic of signal events, and employs a likelihood discriminant that uses the kinematic differences between the signal and the background, which is dominated by tt ¯ →WbWb decays. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found, and observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits of 0.56% (0.42%) and 0.61% (0.64%) are derived for the t→Hc and t→Hu branching ratios respectively. The combination of this search with other ATLAS searches in the H→γγ and H→WW ∗ ,ττ decay modes significantly improves the sensitivity, yielding observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits on the t→Hc and t→Hu branching ratios of 0.46% (0.25%) and 0.45% (0.29%) respectively. The corresponding combined observed (expected) upper limits on the |λ tcH | and |λ tuH | couplings are 0.13 (0.10) and 0.13 (0.10) respectively. These are the most restrictive direct bounds on tqH interactions measured so far.

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:

Beck, Hans Peter; Cervelli, Alberto; Ereditato, Antonio; Haug, Sigve; Meloni, Federico; Mullier, Geoffrey André Adrien; Pretzl, Klaus-Peter; Stramaglia, Maria Elena; Stucci, Stefania and Weber, Michael

Subjects:

500 Science > 530 Physics

ISSN:

1029-8479

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Annette Krebs-Wegenast

Date Deposited:

12 Sep 2016 09:18

Last Modified:

18 Sep 2016 02:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/JHEP12(2015)061

ArXiv ID:

1509.06047

Additional Information:

Kollaboration - Es sind nur die Berner Autoren namentlich erwähnt

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.87593

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/87593

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