Cross-section measurements of the Higgs boson decaying into a pair of τ -leptons in proton-proton collisions at s =13 TeV with the ATLAS detector

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A measurement of production cross sections of the Higgs boson in proton-proton collisions is presented in the H→ττ decay channel. The analysis is performed using 36.1 fb-1 of data recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at a center-of-mass energy of s=13 TeV. All combinations of leptonic (τ→vv with =e,μ) and hadronic (τ→hadrons v) τ decays are considered. The H→ττ signal over the expected background from other Standard Model processes is established with an observed (expected) significance of 4.4 (4.1) standard deviations. Combined with results obtained using data taken at 7 and 8 TeV center-of-mass energies, the observed (expected) significance amounts to 6.4 (5.4) standard deviations and constitutes an observation of H→ττ decays. Using the data taken at s=13 TeV, the total cross section in the H→ττ decay channel is measured to be 3.77-0.59+0.60 (stat) -0.74+0.87 (syst) pb, for a Higgs boson of mass 125 GeV assuming the relative contributions of its production modes as predicted by the Standard Model. Total cross sections in the H→ττ decay channel are determined separately for vector-boson-fusion production and gluon-gluon-fusion production to be σH→ττVBF=0.28±0.09 (stat) -0.09+0.11 (syst) pb and σH→ττggF=3.1±1.0 (stat) -1.3+1.6 (syst) pb, respectively. Similarly, results of a fit are reported in the framework of simplified template cross sections. All measurements are in agreement with Standard Model expectations.

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  • Aaboud, M; Aad, G; Abbott, B; Abdinov, O; Abeloos, B; Abhayasinghe, DK; Abidi, SH; Abouzeid, OS; Abraham, NL; Abramowicz, H; Abreu, H; Abulaiti, Y; Acharya, BS; Adachi, S; Adam, L; Adamczyk, L; Adelman, J; Adersberger, M; Adiguzel, A; Adye, T; Affolder, AA; Afik, Y; Agheorghiesei, C; Aguilar-Saavedra, JA; Ahmadov, F; Aielli, G; Akatsuka, S; Åkesson, TPA; Akilli, E; Akimov, AV; Alberghi, GL; Albert, J; Albicocco, P; Alconada Verzini, MJ; Alderweireldt, S; Aleksa, M; Aleksandrov, IN; Alexa, C; Alexopoulos, T; Alhroob, M; Ali, B; Alimonti, G; Alison, J; Alkire, SP; Allaire, C; Allbrooke, BMM; Allen, BW; Allport, PP; Aloisio, A; Alonso, A; Alonso, F; Alpigiani, C; Alshehri, AA; Alstaty, MI; Alvarez Gonzalez, B; Álvarez Piqueras, D; Alviggi, MG; Amadio, BT; Amaral Coutinho, Y; Ambler, A; Ambroz, L; Amelung, C; Amidei, D; Amor Dos Santos, SP; Amoroso, S; Amrouche, CS; Anastopoulos, C; Ancu, LS; Andari, N; Andeen, T; Anders, CF; Anders, JK; Anderson, KJ; Andreazza, A; Andrei, V; Anelli, CR; Angelidakis, S; Angelozzi, I; Angerami, A; Anisenkov, AV; Annovi, A; Antel, C; Anthony, MT; Antonelli, M; Antrim, DJA; Anulli, F; Aoki, M; Aparisi Pozo, JA; Aperio Bella, L; Arabidze, G; Araque, JP; Araujo Ferraz, V; Araujo Pereira, R; Arce, ATH; Ardell, RE; Arduh, FA; Arguin, JF; Argyropoulos, S; Armbruster, AJ; Armitage, LJ

Published Date

  • April 10, 2019

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Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 7

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2470-0029

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2470-0010

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevD.99.072001

Citation Source

  • Scopus