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Evidence for a Particle Produced in Association with Weak Bosons and Decaying to a Bottom-Antibottom Quark Pair in Higgs Boson Searches at the Tevatron

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Article number071804
Journal publication date14/08/2012
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Journal number7
Volume109
Number of pages12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We combine searches by the CDF and D0 Collaborations for the associated production of a Higgs boson with a W or Z boson and subsequent decay of the Higgs boson to a bottom-antibottom quark pair. The data, originating from Fermilab Tevatron pp̅ collisions at √s=1.96  TeV, correspond to integrated luminosities of up to 9.7  fb-1. The searches are conducted for a Higgs boson with mass in the range 100–150  GeV/c2. We observe an excess of events in the data compared with the background predictions, which is most significant in the mass range between 120 and 135  GeV/c2. The largest local significance is 3.3 standard deviations, corresponding to a global significance of 3.1 standard deviations. We interpret this as evidence for the presence of a new particle consistent with the standard model Higgs boson, which is produced in association with a weak vector boson and decays to a bottom-antibottom quark pair.

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