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Search for dark matter in association with a Higgs boson decaying to b-quarks in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/02/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters B
Volume765
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)11-31
StatePublished
Early online date24/11/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A search for dark matter pair production in association with a Higgs boson decaying to a pair of bottom quarks is presented, using 3.2 fb−1 of pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The decay of the Higgs boson is reconstructed as a high-momentum b¯ b system with either a pair of small-radius jets, or a single large-radius jet with substructure. The observed data are found to be consistent with the expected backgrounds. Results are interpreted using a simplified model with a Z gauge boson mediating the interaction between dark matter and the Standard Model as well as a two-Higgs-doublet model containing an additional Z boson which decays to a Standard Model Higgs boson and a new pseudoscalar Higgs boson, the latter decaying into a pair of dark matter particles.