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Search for Higgs boson decays into a pair of light bosons in the bbμμ final state in pp collision at √s=13TeV with the ATLAS detector

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/03/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume790
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)1-21
Publication statusPublished
Early online date21/10/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A search for decays of the Higgs boson into a pair of new spin -zero particles, H→aa, where the a -bosons decay into a b -quark pair and a muon pair, is presented. The search uses 36.1 fb−1 of proton–proton collision data at s=13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC in 2015 and 2016. No significant deviation from the Standard Model prediction is observed. Upper limits at 95% confidence level are placed on the branching ratio (σH/σSM)×B(H→aa→bbμμ), ranging from 1.2×10−4 to 8.4×10−4 in the a -boson mass range of 20–60 GeV. Model -independent limits are set on the visible production cross -section times the branching ratio to the bbμμ final state for new physics, σvis(X)×B(X→bbμμ), ranging from 0.1 fb to 0.73 fb for mμμ between 18 and 62 GeV. © 2018 The Author