Observation of H→bb decays and VH production with the ATLAS detector

Abstract : A search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a W or Z boson, and decaying to a bb pair has been performed with ATLAS detector. The data were collected in proton-proton collisions during Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 79.8 fb⁻¹. Three channels containing zero, one and two charged leptons (electrons or muons) have been considered to target each of the leptonic decays of the W or Z boson, Z->vv, W->lv et Z->ll, referred to as as the 0-lepton, 1-lepton and 2-lepton channels, respectively. For a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, an excess of events over the expected background from other Standard Model processes is found with an observed significance of 4.9 standard deviations, compared to an expectation of 4.3 standard deviations. The ratio of the measured signal events to the Standard Model expectation equal 1.16 +0.27/-0.25 = 1.16 +/-0.16(stat) +0.21/-0.19(syst). The result is also combined with the other results from the searches for the Higgs boson in the bb 18 decay mode in Run 1 and Run 2, the combination yields an observed (expected) significance of 5.4 (5.5) 20 standard deviations, and therefore provides a direct observation of the Higgs boson decay into a bb pair. In addition, a combination of Run 2 results searching for the Higgs boson produced in association with a W or Z boson yields an observed (expected) significance of 5.3 (4.8) standard deviations, and therefore provides a direct observation of Higgs boson being produced in association with a W or Z boson.
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Yanhui Ma. Observation of H→bb decays and VH production with the ATLAS detector. High Energy Physics - Experiment [hep-ex]. Université Paris-Saclay; Shandong University (Jinan, Chine), 2019. English. ⟨NNT : 2019SACLS099⟩. ⟨tel-02157898⟩

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