Evidence for the Higgs boson decay to a bottom quark–antiquark pair
Author(s)Abercrombie, Daniel Robert; Allen, Brandon Leigh; Azzolini, Virginia; Barbieri, Richard Alexander; Baty, Austin Alan; Bi, Ran; Brandt, Stephanie Akemi; Busza, Wit; Cali, Ivan Amos; D'Alfonso, Mariarosaria; Demiragli, Zeynep; Gomez-Ceballos, Guillelmo; Goncharov, Maxim; Hsu, Dylan George; Hu, Miao; Iiyama, Yutaro; Innocenti, Gian Michele; Klute, Markus; Kovalskyi, Dmytro; Lee, Yen-Jie; Levin, Andrew Michael; Luckey Jr, P David; Maier, Benedikt; Marini, Andrea Carlo; McGinn, Christopher Francis; Mironov, Camelia Maria; Narayanan, Siddharth Madhavan; Niu, Xinmei; Paus, Christoph M. E.; Roland, Christof E; Roland, Gunther M; Salfeld-Nebgen, Jakob Maxillian Henry; Stephans, George S. F.; Tatar, Kaya; Velicanu, Dragos Alexandru; Wang, J.; Wang, Ta-Wei; Wyslouch, Boleslaw; ... Show more Show less
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A search for the standard model (SM) Higgs boson (H) decaying to b[bar over b] when produced in association with an electroweak vector boson is reported for the following processes: Z(νν)H, W(μν)H, W(eν)H, Z(μμ)H, and Z(ee)H. The search is performed in data samples corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb[superscript −1] at √s = 13 TeV recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC during Run 2 in 2016. An excess of events is observed in data compared to the expectation in the absence of a H→bb‾ signal. The significance of this excess is 3.3 standard deviations, where the expectation from SM Higgs boson production is 2.8. The signal strength corresponding to this excess, relative to that of the SM Higgs boson production, is 1.2±0.4. When combined with the Run 1 measurement of the same processes, the signal significance is 3.8 standard deviations with 3.8 expected. The corresponding signal strength, relative to that of the SM Higgs boson, is 1.06 [superscript +0.31][subscript −0.29].
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laboratory for Nuclear Science
Physics Letters B
Sirunyan, A. M., et al. “Evidence for the Higgs Boson Decay to a Bottom Quark–antiquark Pair.” Physics Letters B, vol. 780, May 2018, pp. 501–32. © 2018 The Authors
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