Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using $H \rightarrow WW^{\ast}$ decays with the ATLAS detector

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

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A search for Higgs boson production in association with a $W$ or $Z$ boson, in the $H \rightarrow WW^{\ast}$ decay channel, is performed with a data sample collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at centre-of-mass energies $\sqrt{s}=7$ TeV and 8 TeV, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 4.5 ${\rm fb}^{-1}$ and 20.3 ${\rm fb}^{-1}$, respectively. The $WH$ production mode is studied in two-lepton and three-lepton final states, while two-lepton and four-lepton final states are used to search for the $ZH$ production mode. The observed significance, for the combined $WH$ and $ZH$ production, is 2.5 standard deviations while a significance of 0.9 standard deviations is expected in the Standard Model Higgs boson hypothesis. The ratio of the combined $WH$ and $ZH$ signal yield to the Standard Model expectation, $\mu_{VH}$, is found to be $\mu_{VH} =3.0^{+1.3}_{-1.1}{\, {(\rm stat.)}}^{+1.0}_{-0.7}{\,{(\rm sys.)}}$ for the Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV. The $WH$ and $ZH$ production modes are also combined with the gluon fusion and vector boson fusion production modes studied in the $H \to WW^* \to \ell \nu \ell \nu$ decay channel, resulting in an overall observed significance of 6.5 standard deviations and $\mu_{\rm ggF+VBF+VH} = 1.16^{+0.16}_{-0.15} {\rm (stat.)}^{+0.18}_{-0.15} {\rm (sys.)}$. The results are interpreted in terms of scaling factors of the Higgs boson couplings to vector bosons ($\kappa_V$) and fermions ($\kappa_F$); the combined results are: $|\kappa_V| = 1.06^{+0.10}_{-0.10}$, $|\kappa_F| = 0.85^{+0.26}_{-0.20}$.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberAad:2015ona
Pages (from-to)137
Journal Journal of High Energy Physics
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2015


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