Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with top quarks and decaying into b[bar over b] in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Author(s)Taylor, Frank E.
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A search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair, t[bar over t]H, is presented. The analysis uses 20.3 fb[superscript −1] of pp collision data at √s = 8 TeV, collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider during 2012. The search is designed for the H → b[bar over 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 over 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 over t] +b[bar over 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 over t]H signal cross section to the Standard Model expectation is found to be μ = 1.5 ± 1.1 assuming a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
The European Physical Journal C
Aad, G., B. Abbott, J. Abdallah, O. Abdinov, R. Aben, M. Abolins, O. S. AbouZeid, et al. “Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson Produced in Association with Top Quarks and Decaying into b[bar over b] in pp Collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector.” The European Physical Journal C 75, no. 7 (July 2015). © 2015 CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration
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