Search for exclusive Higgs and $Z$ boson decays to $\phi\gamma$ and $\rho\gamma$ with the ATLAS detector

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A search for the exclusive decays of the Higgs and Z bosons to a ϕ or ρ meson and a photon is performed with a pp collision data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of up to 35.6 fb$^{−1}$ collected at $ \sqrt{s}=13 $ TeV with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. These decays have been suggested as a probe of the Higgs boson couplings to light quarks. No significant excess of events is observed above the background, as expected from the Standard Model. Upper limits at 95% confidence level were obtained on the branching fractions of the Higgs boson decays to ϕγ and ργ of 4.8 × 10$^{−4}$ and 8.8 × 10$^{−4}$, respectively. The corresponding 95% confidence level upper limits for the Z boson decays are 0.9 × 10$^{−6}$ and 25 × 10$^{−6}$ for ϕγ and ργ, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Article number127
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2018


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