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Search for charged Higgs bosons through the violation of lepton universality in tt events using pp collision data at √S=7 TeV with the ATLAS experiment

  • Author(s): Aad, G
  • Abajyan, T
  • Abbott, B
  • Abdallah, J
  • Khalek, SA
  • Abdelalim, AA
  • Abdinov, O
  • Aben, R
  • Abi, B
  • Abolins, M
  • Abouzeid, OS
  • Abramowicz, H
  • Abreu, H
  • Acharya, BS
  • Adamczyk, L
  • Adams, DL
  • Addy, TN
  • Adelman, J
  • Adomeit, S
  • Adragna, P
  • Adye, T
  • Aefsky, S
  • Aguilar-Saavedra, JA
  • Agustoni, M
  • Aharrouche, M
  • Ahlen, SP
  • Ahles, F
  • Ahmad, A
  • Ahsan, M
  • Aielli, G
  • Åkesson, TPA
  • Akimoto, G
  • Akimov, AV
  • Alam, MA
  • Albert, J
  • Albrand, S
  • Aleksa, M
  • Aleksandrov, IN
  • Alessandria, F
  • Alexa, C
  • Alexander, G
  • Alexandre, G
  • Alexopoulos, T
  • Alhroob, M
  • Aliev, M
  • Alimonti, G
  • Alison, J
  • Allbrooke, BMM
  • Allport, PP
  • Allwood-Spiers, SE
  • Almond, J
  • Aloisio, A
  • Alon, R
  • Alonso, A
  • Alonso, F
  • Altheimer, A
  • Joffe, BA
  • Alviggi, MG
  • Amako, K
  • Amelung, C
  • Ammosov, VV
  • Amor Dos Santos, SP
  • Amorim, A
  • Amram, N
  • Anastopoulos, C
  • Ancu, LS
  • Andari, N
  • Andeen, T
  • Anders, CF
  • Anders, G
  • Anderson, KJ
  • Andreazza, A
  • Andrei, V
  • Andrieux, ML
  • Anduaga, XS
  • Angelidakis, S
  • Anger, P
  • Angerami, A
  • Anghinolfi, F
  • Anisenkov, A
  • Anjos, N
  • Annovi, A
  • Antonaki, A
  • Antonelli, M
  • Antonov, A
  • Antos, J
  • Anulli, F
  • Aoki, M
  • Aoun, S
  • Aperio Bella, L
  • Apolle, R
  • Arabidze, G
  • Aracena, I
  • Arai, Y
  • Arce, ATH
  • Arfaoui, S
  • Arguin, JF
  • Argyropoulos, S
  • Arik, E
  • Arik, M
  • et al.
Abstract

In several extensions of the Standard Model, the top quark can decay into a bottom quark and a light charged Higgs boson H +, t → bH +, in addition to the Standard Model decay t → bW. Since W bosons decay to the three lepton generations equally, while H + maypredominantlydecayinto τν, charged Higgs bosons can be searched for using the violation of lepton universality in top quark decays. The analysis in this paper is based on 4.6 fb-1 of proton-proton collision data at √s=7 TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Signatures containing leptons (e or μ) and/or a hadronically decaying τ (τ had) are used. Event yield ratios between e + τ had and e + μ, as well as between μ + τ had andμ + e, final states are measured in the data and compared to predictions from simulations. This ratio-based method reduces the impact of systematic uncertainties in the analysis. No significant deviation from the Standard Model predictions is observed. With the assumption that the branching fraction ℬ (H + → τν) is 100%, upper limits in the range 3.2%-4.4% can be placed on the branching fraction ℬ (t → bH +) for charged Higgs boson masses m H+ in the range 90-140 GeV. After combination with results from a search for charged Higgs bosons in t\overline{t} decays using the τ had + jets final state, upper limits on ℬ (t → bH +) can be set in the range 0.8%-3.4%, for m H+ in the range 90-160 GeV.[Figure not available: see fulltext.] © 2013 Cern for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration.

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