Search for Higgs boson decays into two new low-mass spin-0 particles in the 4b channel with the ATLAS detector using pp collisions at √s=13  TeV

ATLAS Publications, T.M. Carter, M. Faucci Giannelli, A. Hasib, M.P. Heath, S. Palazzo, A. Søgaard, A. Strubig, E.P. Takeva, A.J. Taylor, N. Themistokleous, E.M. Villhauer

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This paper describes a search for beyond the Standard Model decays of the Higgs boson into a pair of new spin-0 particles subsequently decaying into b-quark pairs, H→aa→(b¯b)(b¯b), using proton-proton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at center-of-mass energy √s=13  TeV. This search focuses on the range 15  GeV≤ma≤30  GeV, where the decay products are collimated; it is complementary to a previous search in the same final state targeting the range 20  GeV≤ma≤60  GeV, where the decay products are well separated. A novel strategy for the identification of the a→b¯b decays is deployed to enhance the efficiency for topologies with small separation angles. The search is performed with 36  fb−1 of integrated luminosity collected in 2015 and 2016 and sets upper limits on the production cross section of H→aa→(b¯b)(b¯b), where the Higgs boson is produced in association with a Z boson.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112006
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume102
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020

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