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Hunting the charged Higgs boson with lepton signatures in the ATLAS experiment

Abstract : This thesis presents searches for a charged Higgs boson (H+) in proton-proton collisions with center-of-mass energies of 7 TeV and 8 TeV, using data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Multiple search channels are used with a common characteristic of at least one charged lepton (electron or muon) that effectively reduces the multi-jet background and is used for efficient triggering.Charged Higgs bosons decaying to a tau lepton and a neutrino are searched for using final states with two charged leptons or one charged lepton and a hadronically decaying tau. A significant background originates from quark- and gluon-initiated jets that may be misidentified as hadronic tau decays. Methods to estimate this background are developed, including a largely data-driven matrix method. Signal processes with a charged Higgs boson mass below or above that of the top quark are considered. With the dataset collected at a center-of-mass energy of 8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 20.3/fb, upper limits at 95% confidence level are placed on the branching fraction Br(t -≻ bH+)*Br(H+ -≻ τν) in the range 1.1-0.3% for charged Higgs boson masses between 80 GeV and 160 GeV, and on the top-quark associated charged Higgs boson production cross section in the range 0.53-0.04 pb for charged Higgs boson masses between 180 GeV and 1 TeV.
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Alexander Madsen. Hunting the charged Higgs boson with lepton signatures in the ATLAS experiment. High Energy Physics - Experiment [hep-ex]. Université Grenoble Alpes; Uppsala universitet, 2015. English. ⟨NNT : 2015GREAY043⟩. ⟨tel-01271042⟩

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