Search for a low-mass pseudoscalar Higgs boson produced in association with a bb̅ pair in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV

V. Khachatryan, A. M. Sirunyan, A. Tumasyan, W. Adam, E. Asilar, T. Bergauer, J. Brandstetter, E. Brondolin, M. Dragicevic, J. Erö, M. Flechl, M. Friedl, R. Frühwirth, V. M. Ghete, C. Hartl, N. Hörmann, J. Hrubec, M. Jeitler, V. Knünz, A. KönigM. Krammer, I. Krätschmer, D. Liko, T. Matsushita, I. Mikulec, D. Rabady, B. Rahbaran, H. Rohringer, J. Schieck, R. Schöfbeck, J. Strauss, W. Treberer-Treberspurg, W. Waltenberger, C. E. Wulz, V. Mossolov, N. Shumeiko, J. Suarez Gonzalez, S. Alderweireldt, T. Cornelis, E. A. De Wolf, X. Janssen, A. Knutsson, J. Lauwers, S. Luyckx, R. Rougny, M. Van De Klundert, H. Van Haevermaet, P. Van Mechelen, N. Van Remortel, V. I. Martinez Outschoorn, CMS Collaboration

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Abstract

A search is reported for a light pseudoscalar Higgs boson decaying to a pair of τ leptons, produced in association with a bb pair, in the context of two-Higgs-doublet models. The results are based on pp collision data at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7 fb-1. Pseudoscalar boson masses between 25 and 80 GeV are probed. No evidence for a pseudoscalar boson is found and upper limits are set on the product of cross section and branching fraction to τ pairs between 7 and 39 pb at the 95% confidence level. This excludes pseudoscalar A bosons with masses between 25 and 80 GeV, with SM-like Higgs boson negative couplings to down-type fermions, produced in association with bb pairs, in Type II, two-Higgs-doublet models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-320
Number of pages25
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume758
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 10 2016

Keywords

  • CMS
  • Higgs
  • Physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Khachatryan, V., Sirunyan, A. M., Tumasyan, A., Adam, W., Asilar, E., Bergauer, T., Brandstetter, J., Brondolin, E., Dragicevic, M., Erö, J., Flechl, M., Friedl, M., Frühwirth, R., Ghete, V. M., Hartl, C., Hörmann, N., Hrubec, J., Jeitler, M., Knünz, V., ... CMS Collaboration (2016). Search for a low-mass pseudoscalar Higgs boson produced in association with a bb̅ pair in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV. Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, 758, 296-320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2016.05.003