Limits on neutral Higgs boson production in the forward region in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV

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Limits on the cross-section times branching fraction for neutral Higgs bosons, produced in pp collisions at √s = 7 TeV, and decaying to two tau leptons with pseudorapidities between 2.0 and 4.5, are presented. The result is based on a dataset, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb -1, collected with the LHCb detector. Candidates are identified by reconstructing final states with two muons, a muon and an electron, a muon and a hadron, or an electron and a hadron. A model independent upper limit at the 95% confidence level is set on a neutral Higgs boson cross-section times branching fraction. It varies from 8.6 pb for a Higgs boson mass of 90 GeV to 0.7 pb for a Higgs boson mass of 250 GeV, and is compared to the Standard Model expectation. An upper limit on tan β in the Minimal Supersymmetric Model is set in the mh0max scenario. It ranges from 34 for a CP -odd Higgs boson mass of 90 GeV to 70 for a pseudo-scalar Higgs boson mass of 140 GeV. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number132
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Higgs physics

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