Search for Higgs boson pair production in the bbττ final state in proton-proton collisions at (s)=8 TeV

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Abstract

Results are presented from a search for production of Higgs boson pairs (HH) where one boson decays to a pair of b quarks and the other to a τ lepton pair. This work is based on proton-proton collision data collected by the CMS experiment at s=8 TeV, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 18.3 fb-1. Resonant and nonresonant modes of HH production have been probed and no significant excess relative to the background-only hypotheses has been found in either mode. Upper limits on cross sections of the two HH production modes have been set. The results have been combined with previously published searches at s=8 TeV, in decay modes to two photons and two b quarks, as well as to four b quarks, which also show no evidence for a signal. Limits from the combination have been set on resonant HH production by an unknown particle X in the mass range mX=300 GeV to mX=1000 GeV. For resonant production of spin 0 (spin 2) particles, the observed 95% CL upper limit is 1.13 pb (1.09 pb) at mX=300 GeV and to 21 fb (18 fb) at mX=1000 GeV. For nonresonant HH production, a limit of 43 times the rate predicted by the standard model has been set.

Original languageEnglish
Article number072004
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume96
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2017

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Funding

FEDER (Spain); Swiss Funding Agencies (Switzerland); MST (Taipei); ThEPCenter, IPST, STAR, and NSTDA (Thailand); TUBITAK and TAEK (Turkey); NASU and SFFR (Ukraine); STFC (United Kingdom); DOE and NSF (USA). Individuals have received support from the Marie-Curie program and the European Research Council and Horizon 2020 Grant, Contract No. 675440 (European Union); the Leventis Foundation; the A. P. Sloan Foundation; the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office; the Fonds pour la Formation à la Recherche dans l’Industrie et dans l’Agriculture (FRIA-Belgium); the Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie (IWT-Belgium); the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) of the Czech Republic; the Council of Science and Industrial Research, India; the HOMING PLUS program of the Foundation for Polish Science, cofinanced from European Union, Regional Development Fund, the Mobility Plus program of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the National Science Center (Poland), contracts Harmonia 2014/14/M/ST2/00428, Opus 2014/13/B/ST2/02543, 2014/15/B/ST2/03998, and 2015/19/B/ST2/02861, Sonata-bis 2012/07/E/ST2/ 01406; the National Priorities Research Program by Qatar National Research Fund; the Programa Clarín-COFUND del Principado de Asturias; the Thalis and Aristeia programs cofinanced by EU-ESF and the Greek NSRF; the Rachadapisek Sompot Fund for Postdoctoral Fellowship, Chulalongkorn University and the Chulalongkorn Academic into Its 2nd Century Project Advancement Project (Thailand); and the Welch Foundation, Contract No. C-1845.

FundersFunder number
EU-ESF
STAR
National Science Foundation1606321, 1151640, 1506168, 1506130, 1624356, 1508869
U.S. Department of Energy
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Welch FoundationC-1845
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
Qatar National Research Fund
Ministry of Education and Science
Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit
Türkiye Atom Enerjisi Kurumu
Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics
Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology
Science and Technology Facilities CouncilPP/E000479/1, GRIDPP, ST/H000925/1
European Commission
European Research Council
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
Ministerstvo Školství, Mládeže a Tělovýchovy
Fundacja na rzecz Nauki Polskiej
Belgian Federal Science Policy Office
Chulalongkorn University
Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras
Agentschap voor Innovatie door Wetenschap en Technologie
Fonds pour la Formation à la Recherche dans l’Industrie et dans l’Agriculture
A.G. Leventis Foundation
National Science and Technology Development AgencyThailand
Narodowe Centrum Nauki2014/15/B/ST2/03998, 2015/19/B/ST2/02861, 2014/14/M/ST2/00428, 2012/07/E/ST2/ 01406, 2014/13/B/ST2/02543
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu
Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Horizon 2020675440
European Regional Development Fund
State Fund for Fundamental Research of Ukraine

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