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Combination of searches for invisible decays of the Higgs boson using 139 fb−1 of proton-proton collision data at s=13 TeV collected with the ATLAS experiment

ContributorsATLAS Collaboration
Published inPhysics letters. B, vol. 842, 137963
Publication date2023
First online date2023-05-18
Abstract

Many extensions of the Standard Model predict the production of dark matter particles at the LHC. Sufficiently light dark matter particles may be produced in decays of the Higgs boson that would appear invisible to the detector. This Letter presents a statistical combination of searches for H→invisible decays where multiple production modes of the Standard Model Higgs boson are considered. These searches are performed with the ATLAS detector using 139 fb−1 of proton–proton collisions at a centre–of–mass energy of Image 1 at the LHC. In combination with the results at Image 2 and Image 3, an upper limit on the H→invisible branching ratio of 0.107 (0.077) at the 95% confidence level is observed (expected). These results are also interpreted in the context of models where the 125 GeV Higgs boson acts as a portal to dark matter, and limits are set on the scattering cross-section of weakly interacting massive particles and nucleons.

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Keywords
  • p p: scattering
  • p p: colliding beams
  • Higgs particle: hadroproduction
  • dark matter: pair production
  • Higgs particle: invisible decay
  • Higgs particle: decay modes
  • CERN LHC Coll
  • ATLAS
  • Higgs particle: branching ratio
  • branching ratio: upper limit
  • WIMP nucleon: scattering
  • WIMP nucleon: cross section
  • channel cross section: upper limit
  • multiple production
  • WIMP: dark matter
  • WIMP: mass
  • statistical
  • experimental results
  • 7000 GeV-cms
  • 8000 GeV-cms
  • 13000 GeV-cms
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ATLAS Collaboration. Combination of searches for invisible decays of the Higgs boson using 139 fb−1 of proton-proton collision data at s=13 TeV collected with the ATLAS experiment. In: Physics letters. B, 2023, vol. 842, p. 137963. doi: 10.1016/j.physletb.2023.137963
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