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A search for resonances decaying into a Higgs boson and a new particle X in the XH→qqbb final state with the ATLAS detector

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  • The ATLAS collaboration
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/04/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters B
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)24-45
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A search for heavy resonances decaying into a Higgs boson (H) and a new particle (X) is reported, utilizing 36.1 fb−1of proton–proton collision data at √s=13 TeV collected during 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The particle X is assumed to decay to a pair of light quarks, and the fully hadronic final state XH → qq¯'bb¯ is analysed. The search considers the regime of high XH resonance masses, where the X and H bosons are both highly Lorentz-boosted and are each reconstructed using a single jet with large radius parameter. A two-dimensional phase space of XH mass versus X mass is scanned for evidence of a signal, over a range of XH resonance mass values between 1TeV and 4 TeV, and for X particles with masses from 50 GeV to 1000 GeV. All search results are consistent with the expectations for the background due to Standard Model processes, and 95% CL upper limits are set, as a function of XH and X masses, on the production cross-section of the XH → qq¯'bb¯ resonance.