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Search for the decay of the Higgs boson to charm quarks with the ATLAS experiment

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  • The ATLAS collaboration
Article number211802
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>22/05/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical review letters
Issue number21
Number of pages20
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A direct search for the standard model Higgs boson decaying to a pair of charm quarks is presented. Associated production of the Higgs and Z bosons, in the decay mode ZH→ℓ+ℓ−cc¯ is studied. A data set with an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb−1 of pp collisions at √s=13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the LHC is used. The H→cc¯ signature is identified using charm-tagging algorithms. The observed (expected) upper limit on σ (pp→ZH)×B(H→cc¯) is 2.7 (3.9+2.1−1.1) pb at the 95% confidence level for a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, while the standard model value is 26 fb.