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Search for a very light Higgs boson in Z decays

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  • ALEPH Collaboration
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1990
<mark>Journal</mark>Physics Letters B
Issue number2
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)289-297
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A search has been made for a very light Higgs boson in the processes e+e- → e+e-H and e+e- →μ+μ-H using data collected by ALEPH at the LEP e+e- collider at centre of mass energies close to the Z peak. The mass range between 0 and 57 MeV is unambigously excluded at the 95% confidence level. If we combine this with our previously published analysis, the complete range from 0 to 24 GeV is excluded at 95% CL. The search is extended to light Higgs bosons of the minimal supersymmetric standard model, with the result that all possibilities of coupling are excluded for Higgs masses below 3 GeV.