Search for heavy resonances decaying into a Z or W boson and a Higgs boson in final states with leptons and b-jets in 139 fb−1 of pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector


Aad G., Abbott B., Abbott D., Abeling K., Abidi S., Aboulhorma A., ...More

Journal of High Energy Physics, vol.2023, no.6, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2023 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/jhep06(2023)016
  • Journal Name: Journal of High Energy Physics
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, INSPEC, zbMATH, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Beyond the Standard Model Searches, Hadron-Hadron Scattering
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This article presents a search for new resonances decaying into a Z or W boson and a 125 GeV Higgs boson h, and it targets the νν¯ bb¯ , ℓ+ℓ−bb¯ , or ℓ±νbb¯ final states, where ℓ = e or μ, in proton-proton collisions at s = 13 TeV. The data used correspond to a total integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1 collected by the ATLAS detector during Run 2 of the LHC at CERN. The search is conducted by examining the reconstructed invariant or transverse mass distributions of Zh or Wh candidates for evidence of a localised excess in the mass range from 220 GeV to 5 TeV. No significant excess is observed and 95% confidence-level upper limits between 1.3 pb and 0.3 fb are placed on the production cross section times branching fraction of neutral and charged spin-1 resonances and CP-odd scalar bosons. These limits are converted into constraints on the parameter space of the Heavy Vector Triplet model and the two-Higgs-doublet model. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].