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Type: Journal article
Title: Search for top-quark decays t → Hq with 36 fb⁻¹ of pp collision data at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Other Titles: Search for top-quark decays t -> Hq with 36 fb(-1) of pp collision data at root s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector
Author: Aaboud, M.
Aad, G.
Abbott, B.
Abbott, D.
Abdinov, O.
Abeloos, B.
Abhayasinghe, D.
Abidi, S.
AbouZeid, O.
Abraham, N.
Abramowicz, H.
Abreu, H.
Abulaiti, Y.
Acharya, B.
Adachi, S.
Adam, L.
Adamczyk, L.
Adamek, L.
Adelman, J.
Adersberger, M.
et al.
Citation: Journal of High Energy Physics, 2019; 2019(5):123-[1],1-123-66
Publisher: Springer Nature
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1126-6708
Statement of
M. Aaboud … A. Duvnjak … P. Jackson … J.L. Oliver … A. Petridis … A. Qureshi … A.S. Sharma … M.J. White … et al. [The ATLAS Collaboration]
Abstract: A search for flavour-changing neutral current decays of a top quark into an up-type quark (q = u, c) and the Standard Model Higgs boson, t → Hq, is presented. The search is based on a dataset of pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV recorded in 2015 and 2016 with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 36.1 fb⁻¹. Two complementary analyses are performed to search for top-quark pair events in which one top quark decays into Wb and the other top quark decays into Hq, and target the H→bb‾‾ and H → τ+τ‾‾ decay modes, respectively. The high multiplicity of b-quark jets, or the presence of hadronically decaying τ-leptons, is exploited in the two analyses respectively. Multivariate techniques are used to separate the signal from the background, which is dominated by top-quark pair production. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found, and 95% CL upper limits on the t → Hq branching ratios are derived. The combination of these searches with ATLAS searches in diphoton and multilepton final states yields observed (expected) 95% CL upper limits on the t → Hc and t → Hu branching ratios of 1.1 × 10⁻³ (8.3 × 10⁻⁴) and 1.2 × 10⁻³ (8.3 × 10⁻⁴), respectively. The corresponding combined observed (expected) upper limits on the |λtcH| and |λtuH| couplings are 0.064 (0.055) and 0.066 (0.055), respectively.
Rights: Open Access, Copyright CERN, for the benefit of the ATLAS Collaboration. Article funded by SCOAP³. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits any use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
RMID: 0030117436
DOI: 10.1007/JHEP05(2019)123
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