A search is described for a Higgs boson decaying into two photons, one of which has an internal conversion to a muon or an electron pair (llγ). The analysis is performed using proton–proton collision data recorded with the CMS detector at the LHC at a centre-of-mass energy of 8TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.7fb−1. The events selected have an opposite-sign muon or electron pair and a high transverse momentum photon. No excess above background has been found in the three-body invariant mass range 120 < mllγ < 150 GeV, and limits have been derived for the Higgs boson production cross section times branching fraction for the decay H → γ∗γ → llγ, where the dilepton invariant mass is less than 20 GeV. For a Higgs boson with mH = 125 GeV, a 95% confidence level (CL) exclusion observed (expected) limit is 6.7 (5.9+2.8−1.8) times the standard model prediction. Additionally, an upper limit at 95% CL on the branching fraction of H → (J/ψ)γ for the 125 GeV Higgs boson is set at 1.5 ×10−3.
- Higgs boson
- Dalitz decay