Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using H→ W W decays with the ATLAS detector

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Abstract

Abstract: A search for Higgs boson production in association with a W or Z boson, in the H→ W W decay channel, is performed with a data sample collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at centre-of-mass energies √s=7$$ \sqrt{s}=7 $$ TeV and 8 TeV, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 4.5 fb−1 and 20.3 fb−1, respectively. The WH production mode is studied in two-lepton and three-lepton final states, while two- lepton and four-lepton final states are used to search for the ZH production mode. The observed significance, for the combined W H and ZH production, is 2.5 standard deviations while a significance of 0.9 standard deviations is expected in the Standard Model Higgs boson hypothesis. The ratio of the combined W H and ZH signal yield to the Standard Model expectation, μV H , is found to be μV H = 3.0− 1.1+ 1.3(stat.)− 0.7+ 1.0(sys.) for the Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV. The W H and ZH production modes are also combined with the gluon fusion and vector boson fusion production modes studied in the H → W W → ℓνℓν decay channel, resulting in an overall observed significance of 6.5 standard deviations and μggF + VBF + VH = 1. 16− 0.15+ 0.16(stat.)− 0.15+ 0.18(sys.). The results are interpreted in terms of scaling factors of the Higgs boson couplings to vector bosons (κV ) and fermions (κF ); the combined results are: |κV| = 1.06− 0.10+ 0.10, |κF| = 0. 85− 0.20+ 0.26.[Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number137
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2015
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Higgs physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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