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Search for Higgs boson decays into two new low-mass spin-0 particles in the 4b channel with the ATLAS detector using pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV

  • Author(s): Aad, G;
  • Abbott, B;
  • Abbott, DC;
  • Abdinov, O;
  • Abud, AA;
  • Abeling, K;
  • Abhayasinghe, DK;
  • Abidi, SH;
  • AbouZeid, OS;
  • Abraham, NL;
  • Abramowicz, H;
  • Abreu, H;
  • Abulaiti, Y;
  • Acharya, BS;
  • Achkar, B;
  • Adachi, S;
  • Adam, L;
  • Bourdarios, CA;
  • Adamczyk, L;
  • Adamek, L;
  • Adelman, J;
  • Adersberger, M;
  • Adiguzel, A;
  • Adorni, S;
  • Adye, T;
  • Affolder, AA;
  • Afik, Y;
  • Agapopoulou, C;
  • Agaras, MN;
  • Aggarwal, A;
  • Agheorghiesei, C;
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA;
  • Ahmadov, F;
  • Ahmed, WS;
  • Ai, X;
  • Aielli, G;
  • Akatsuka, S;
  • Åkesson, TPA;
  • Akilli, E;
  • Akimov, AV;
  • Al Khoury, K;
  • Alberghi, GL;
  • Albert, J;
  • Verzini, MJA;
  • Alderweireldt, S;
  • Aleksa, M;
  • Aleksandrov, IN;
  • Alexa, C;
  • Alexandre, D;
  • Alexopoulos, T;
  • Alfonsi, A;
  • Alhroob, M;
  • Ali, B;
  • Alimonti, G;
  • Alison, J;
  • Alkire, SP;
  • Allaire, C;
  • Allbrooke, BMM;
  • Allen, BW;
  • Allport, PP;
  • Aloisio, A;
  • Alonso, A;
  • Alonso, F;
  • Alpigiani, C;
  • Alshehri, AA;
  • Estevez, MA;
  • Piqueras, DÁ;
  • Alviggi, MG;
  • Coutinho, YA;
  • Ambler, A;
  • Ambroz, L;
  • Amelung, C;
  • Amidei, D;
  • Dos Santos, SPA;
  • Amoroso, S;
  • Amrouche, CS;
  • An, F;
  • Anastopoulos, C;
  • Andari, N;
  • Andeen, T;
  • Anders, CF;
  • Anders, JK;
  • Andreazza, A;
  • Andrei, V;
  • Anelli, CR;
  • Angelidakis, S;
  • Angerami, A;
  • Anisenkov, AV;
  • Annovi, A;
  • Antel, C;
  • Anthony, MT;
  • Antonelli, M;
  • Antrim, DJA;
  • Anulli, F;
  • Aoki, M;
  • Pozo, JAA;
  • Bella, LA;
  • Arabidze, G;
  • Araque, JP;
  • Ferraz, VA
  • et al.
Abstract

This paper describes a search for beyond the Standard Model decays of the Higgs boson into a pair of new spin-0 particles subsequently decaying into b-quark pairs, H → aa → (bb¯)(bb¯), using protonproton collision data collected by the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider at center-of-mass energy √s = 13 TeV. This search focuses on the range 15 GeV ≤ ma ≤ 30 GeV, where the decay products are collimated; it is complementary to a previous search in the same final state targeting the range 20 GeV ≤ ma ≤ 60 GeV, where the decay products are well separated. A novel strategy for the identification of the a → bb¯ decays is deployed to enhance the efficiency for topologies with small separation angles. The search is performed with 36 fb-1 of integrated luminosity collected in 2015 and 2016 and sets upper limits on the production cross section of H → aa → (bb¯)(bb¯), where the Higgs boson is produced in association with a Z boson.

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