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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

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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