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Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with top quarks and decaying into $b\bar{b}$ in pp collisions at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberAad:2015gra
Pages (from-to)349
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number7
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2015


A search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a pair of top quarks, $t\bar{t}H$, is presented. The analysis uses 20.3 fb$^{-1}$ of pp collision data at $\sqrt{s}$ = 8 TeV, collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider during 2012. The search is designed for the H to $b\bar{b}$ decay mode and uses events containing one or two electrons or muons. In order to improve the sensitivity of the search, events are categorised according to their jet and b-tagged jet multiplicities. A neural network is used to discriminate between signal and background events, the latter being dominated by $t\bar{t}$+jets production. In the single-lepton channel, variables calculated using a matrix element method are included as inputs to the neural network to improve discrimination of the irreducible $t\bar{t}$+$b\bar{b}$ background. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found and an observed (expected) limit of 3.4 (2.2) times the Standard Model cross section is obtained at 95% confidence level. The ratio of the measured $t\bar{t}H$ signal cross section to the Standard Model expectation is found to be $\mu$ = 1.5 $\pm$ 1.1 assuming a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV.

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