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Title: Search for an exotic decay of the Higgs boson to a pair of light pseudoscalars in the final state with two b quarks and two τ leptons in proton–proton collisions at s=13TeV
Authors: Sirunyan, AM
Tumasyan, A
Adam, W
Ambrogi, F
Asilar, E
Bergauer, T
Brandstetter, J
Brondolin, E
Dragicevic, M
Erö, J
Escalante Del Valle, A
Flechl, M
Frühwirth, R
Ghete, VM
Hrubec, J
Jeitler, M
Krammer, N
Krätschmer, I
Liko, D
Madlener, T
Mikulec, I
Rad, N
Rohringer, H
Schieck, J
Schöfbeck, R
Spanring, M
Spitzbart, D
Taurok, A
Waltenberger, W
Wittmann, J
Wulz, CE
Zarucki, M
Chekhovsky, V
Mossolov, V
Suarez Gonzalez, J
De Wolf, EA
Di Croce, D
Janssen, X
Lauwers, J
Pieters, M
Van De Klundert, M
Van Haevermaet, H
Van Mechelen, P
Van Remortel, N
Abu Zeid, S
Blekman, F
D'Hondt, J
De Bruyn, I
De Clercq, J
Deroover, K
Flouris, G
Lontkovskyi, D
Lowette, S
Marchesini, I
Moortgat, S
Moreels, L
Python, Q
Skovpen, K
Tavernier, S
Van Doninck, W
Van Mulders, P
Van Parijs, I
Beghin, D
Bilin, B
Brun, H
Clerbaux, B
De Lentdecker, G
Delannoy, H
Dorney, B
Fasanella, G
Favart, L
Goldouzian, R
Grebenyuk, A
Kalsi, AK
Lenzi, T
Luetic, J
Postiau, N
Starling, E
Thomas, L
Vander Velde, C
Vanlaer, P
Vannerom, D
Wang, Q
Cornelis, T
Dobur, D
Fagot, A
Gul, M
Khvastunov, I
Poyraz, D
Roskas, C
Trocino, D
Tytgat, M
Verbeke, W
Vermassen, B
Vit, M
Keywords: CMS;Physics;Higgs boson;Exotic decays;NMSSM;2HDM + S
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 2018, 785 pp. 462 - 488
Abstract: A search for an exotic decay of the Higgs boson to a pair of light pseudoscalar bosons is performed for the first time in the final state with two b quarks and two τ leptons. The search is motivated in the context of models of physics beyond the standard model (SM), such as two Higgs doublet models extended with a complex scalar singlet (2HDM + S), which include the next-to-minimal supersymmetric SM (NMSSM). The results are based on a data set of proton–proton collisions corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9fb−1 , accumulated by the CMS experiment at the LHC in 2016 at a center-of-mass energy of 13TeV . Masses of the pseudoscalar boson between 15 and 60GeV are probed, and no excess of events above the SM expectation is observed. Upper limits between 3 and 12% are set on the branching fraction B(h→aa→2τ2b) assuming the SM production of the Higgs boson. Upper limits are also set on the branching fraction of the Higgs boson to two light pseudoscalar bosons in different 2HDM + S scenarios. Assuming the SM production cross section for the Higgs boson, the upper limit on this quantity is as low as 20% for a mass of the pseudoscalar of 40GeV in the NMSSM.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/17307
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.08.057
ISSN: 0370-2693
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