Search for Higgs boson decays into a pair of pseudoscalar particles in the bbμμ final state with the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at √s=13  TeV

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This paper presents a search for decays of the Higgs boson with a mass of 125 GeV into a pair of new pseudoscalar particles, H→aa, where one a-boson decays into a b-quark pair and the other into a muon pair. The search uses 139  fb−1 of proton-proton collision data at a center-of-mass energy of √s=13  TeV recorded between 2015 and 2018 by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. A narrow dimuon resonance is searched for in the invariant mass spectrum between 16 GeV and 62 GeV. The largest excess of events above the Standard Model backgrounds is observed at a dimuon invariant mass of 52 GeV and corresponds to a local (global) significance of 3.3σ (1.7σ). Upper limits at 95% confidence level are placed on the branching ratio of the Higgs boson to the bbμμ final state, B(H→aa→bbμμ), and are in the range 0.2–4.0×10−4, depending on the signal mass hypothesis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012006
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume105
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2022

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