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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

CollaborationWith : Ancu, Lucian Stefan / Bell, William / Benhar Noccioli, Eleonora / Bilbao De Mendizabal, Javier / Calace, Noemi / Clark, Allan Geoffrey / Coccaro, Andrea / Delitzsch, Chris Malena / Della Volpe, Domenico / Ferrere, Didier / Gadomski, Szymon / Golling, Tobias / Gonzalez Sevilla, Sergio / Gramling, Johanna Léna / Guescini, Francesco / Iacobucci, Giuseppe / Katre, Akshay / Mermod, Philippe / Miucci, Antonio / Muenstermann, Daniel / Nessi, Marzio / Paolozzi, Lorenzo / Picazio, Attilio / Ristic, Branislav / Schramm, Steven / Tykhonov, Andrii / Vallecorsa, Sofia / Wu, Xin
Published in Journal of High Energy Physics. 2015, vol. 1512, p. 061-126
Collection Open Access - SCOAP3
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 ¯ $$ b\overline{b} $$ , 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 $$ t\overline{t}\to WbWb $$ 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 ScatteringTop PhysicsHiggs PhysicsFCNC Interactions
arXiv: 1509.06047
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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: Journal of High Energy Physics, 2015, vol. 1512, p. 061-126. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:79079

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