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Search for flavour-changing neutral current top quark decays t → Hq in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector

ContributorsATLAS Collaboration
Published inThe journal of high energy physics, vol. 1512, p. 061-126
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Publication date2015
Abstract

A search for flavour-changing neutral current decays of a top quark to an uptype quark ( q = u , c ) and the Standard Model Higgs boson, where the Higgs boson decays to b b ¯ , is presented. The analysis searches for top quark pair events in which one top quark decays to Wb , with the W boson decaying leptonically, and the other top quark decays to Hq . The search is based on pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV recorded in 2012 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and uses an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb −1 . Data are analysed in the lepton-plus-jets final state, characterised by an isolated electron or muon and at least four jets. The search exploits the high multiplicity of b -quark jets characteristic of signal events, and employs a likelihood discriminant that uses the kinematic differences between the signal and the background, which is dominated by t t ¯ → WbWb decays. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found, and observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits of 0.56% (0.42%) and 0.61% (0.64%) are derived for the t → Hc and t → Hu branching ratios respectively. The combination of this search with other ATLAS searches in the H → γγ and H → WW * , ττ decay modes significantly improves the sensitivity, yielding observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits on the t → Hc and t → Hu branching ratios of 0.46% (0.25%) and 0.45% (0.29%) respectively. The corresponding combined observed (expected) upper limits on the | λ tcH | and | λ tuH | couplings are 0.13 (0.10) and 0.13 (0.10) respectively. These are the most restrictive direct bounds on tqH interactions measured so far.

Keywords
  • Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Top Physics
  • Higgs Physics
  • FCNC Interactions
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ATLAS Collaboration. Search for flavour-changing neutral current top quark decays t → Hq in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. In: The journal of high energy physics, 2015, vol. 1512, p. 061–126. doi: 10.1007/JHEP12(2015)061
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