Search for the decay of a Higgs boson in the ℓℓγ channel in proton-proton collisions at √s=13 TeV

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Abstract

A search for a Higgs boson decaying into a pair of electrons or muons and a photon is described. Higgs boson decays to a Z boson and a photon (H → Zγ → ℓℓγ, ℓ = e or μ), or to two photons, one of which has an internal conversion into a muon pair (H → γ*γ → μμγ) were considered. The analysis is performed using a data set recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC from proton-proton collisions at a center-of-mass energy of 13 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 35.9 fb−1. No significant excess above the background prediction has been found. Limits are set on the cross section for a standard model Higgs boson decaying to opposite-sign electron or muon pairs and a photon. The observed limits on cross section times the corresponding branching fractions vary between 1.4 and 4.0 (6.1 and 11.4) times the standard model cross section for H → γ*γ → μμγ (H → Zγ → ℓℓγ) in the 120–130 GeV mass range of the ℓℓγ system. The H → γ*γ → μμγ and H → Zγ →ℓℓγ analyses are combined for mH =125GeV, obtaining an observed (expected) 95% confidence level upper limit of 3.9 (2.0) times the standard model cross section.
Original languageEnglish
Article number152
Number of pages42
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2018
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Beyond Standard Model
  • Hadron-Hadron scattering (experiments)
  • Higgs physics

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