Search for top quark decays $t \to qH$ with $H \to \gamma\gamma$ using the ATLAS detector

Philip James Clark, Victoria Jane Martin, Corrinne Mills, Atlas Collaboration

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A search is performed for flavour-changing neutral currents in the decay of a top quark to an up-type ($c, u$) quark and a Higgs boson, where the Higgs boson decays to two photons. The proton-proton collision data set used corresponds to 4.7 fb$^{-1}$ at $\sqrt{s}$ = 7 \tev\ and 20.3 fb$^{-1}$ at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 \tev\ collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Top quark pair events are searched for in which one top quark decays to $qH$ and the other decays to $bW$. Both the hadronic and the leptonic decay modes of the $W$ boson are used. No significant signal is observed and an upper limit is set on the $t\rightarrow qH$ branching ratio of 0.79% at the 95% confidence level. The corresponding limit on the $tqH$ coupling combination $\sqrt{\lambda_{tcH}^{2} + \lambda_{tuH}^{2}}$ is 0.17.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAad:2014dya
Pages (from-to)008
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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