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Test of CP invariance in vector-boson fusion production of the Higgs boson using the Optimal Observable method in the ditau decay channel with the ATLAS detector

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Article number658
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields
Issue number12
Volume76
Number of pages25
StatePublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A test of CP invariance in Higgs boson production via vector-boson fusion using the method of the Optimal Observable is presented. The analysis exploits the decay mode of the Higgs boson into a pair of τ leptons and is based on 20.3 fb−1 of proton–proton collision data at √s = 8 TeV collected by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. Contributions from CP-violating interactions between the Higgs boson and electroweak gauge bosons are described in an effective field theory framework, in which the strength of CP violation is governed by a single parameter d~. The mean values and distributions of CP-odd observables agree with the expectation in the Standard Model and show no sign of CP violation. The CP-mixing parameter d~ is constrained to the interval (−0.11, 0.05) at 68% confidence level, consistent with the Standard Model expectation of d~=0.