Search for top quark decays $t\rightarrow qH$, with $H\to\gamma\gamma$, in $\sqrt{s}=13$ TeV $pp$ collisions using the ATLAS detector

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This article presents a search for flavour-changing neutral currents in the decay of a top quark into an up-type ($q = c, u$) quark and a Higgs boson, where the Higgs boson decays into two photons. The proton--proton collision data set analysed amounts to 36.1 fb$^{-1}$ at $\sqrt{s} = 13$ TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Top quark pair events are searched for, where one top quark decays into $qH$ and the other decays into $bW$. Both the hadronic and leptonic decay modes of the $W$ boson are used. No significant excess is observed and an upper limit is set on the $t \rightarrow cH$ branching ratio of $2.2\times 10^{-3}$ at the 95% confidence level, while the expected limit in the absence of signal is $1.6 \times 10^{-3}$. The corresponding limit on the $tcH$ coupling is 0.090 at the 95% confidence level. The observed upper limit on the $t \rightarrow uH$ branching ratio is $2.4 \times 10^{-3}$.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAaboud:2017mfd
Pages (from-to)129
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2017

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