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Study of (W/Z)H production and Higgs boson couplings using H→ W W decays with the ATLAS detector

  • Author(s): The ATLAS collaboration
  • Aad, G
  • Abbott, B
  • Abdallah, J
  • Abdinov, O
  • Aben, R
  • Abolins, M
  • AbouZeid, OS
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Abreu, R
  • Abulaiti, Y
  • Acharya, BS
  • Adamczyk, L
  • Adams, DL
  • Adelman, J
  • Adomeit, S
  • Adye, T
  • Affolder, AA
  • Agatonovic-Jovin, T
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA
  • Ahlen, SP
  • Ahmadov, F
  • Aielli, G
  • Akerstedt, H
  • Åkesson, TPA
  • Akimoto, G
  • Akimov, AV
  • Alberghi, GL
  • Albert, J
  • Albrand, S
  • Alconada Verzini, MJ
  • Aleksa, M
  • Aleksandrov, IN
  • Alexa, C
  • Alexander, G
  • Alexopoulos, T
  • Alhroob, M
  • Alimonti, G
  • Alio, L
  • Alison, J
  • Alkire, SP
  • Allbrooke, BMM
  • Allport, PP
  • Aloisio, A
  • Alonso, A
  • Alonso, F
  • Alpigiani, C
  • Altheimer, A
  • Alvarez Gonzalez, B
  • Álvarez Piqueras, D
  • Alviggi, MG
  • Amadio, BT
  • Amako, K
  • Amaral Coutinho, Y
  • Amelung, C
  • Amidei, D
  • Amor Dos Santos, SP
  • Amorim, A
  • Amoroso, S
  • Amram, N
  • Amundsen, G
  • Anastopoulos, C
  • Ancu, LS
  • Andari, N
  • Andeen, T
  • Anders, CF
  • Anders, G
  • Anders, JK
  • Anderson, KJ
  • Andreazza, A
  • Andrei, V
  • Angelidakis, S
  • Angelozzi, I
  • Anger, P
  • Angerami, A
  • Anghinolfi, F
  • Anisenkov, AV
  • Anjos, N
  • Annovi, A
  • Antonelli, M
  • Antonov, A
  • Antos, J
  • Anulli, F
  • Aoki, M
  • Aperio Bella, L
  • Arabidze, G
  • Arai, Y
  • Araque, JP
  • Arce, ATH
  • Arduh, FA
  • Arguin, JF
  • Argyropoulos, S
  • Arik, M
  • Armbruster, AJ
  • Arnaez, O
  • Arnal, V
  • Arnold, H
  • Arratia, M
  • Arslan, O
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2015, The Author(s). Abstract: A search for Higgs boson production in association with a W or Z boson, in the H→ W W∗ decay channel, is performed with a data sample collected with the ATLAS detector at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at centre-of-mass energies √s=7$$ \sqrt{s}=7 $$ TeV and 8 TeV, corresponding to integrated luminosities of 4.5 fb−1 and 20.3 fb−1, respectively. The WH production mode is studied in two-lepton and three-lepton final states, while two- lepton and four-lepton final states are used to search for the ZH production mode. The observed significance, for the combined W H and ZH production, is 2.5 standard deviations while a significance of 0.9 standard deviations is expected in the Standard Model Higgs boson hypothesis. The ratio of the combined W H and ZH signal yield to the Standard Model expectation, μV H , is found to be μV H = 3.0− 1.1+ 1.3(stat.)− 0.7+ 1.0(sys.) for the Higgs boson mass of 125.36 GeV. The W H and ZH production modes are also combined with the gluon fusion and vector boson fusion production modes studied in the H → W W∗ → ℓνℓν decay channel, resulting in an overall observed significance of 6.5 standard deviations and μggF + VBF + VH = 1. 16− 0.15+ 0.16(stat.)− 0.15+ 0.18(sys.). The results are interpreted in terms of scaling factors of the Higgs boson couplings to vector bosons (κV ) and fermions (κF ); the combined results are: |κV| = 1.06− 0.10+ 0.10, |κF| = 0. 85− 0.20+ 0.26.[Figure not available: see fulltext.]

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