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Search for Higgs Boson Decays into a Z Boson and a Light Hadronically Decaying Resonance Using 13 TeV pp Collision Data from the ATLAS Detector

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Aaboud, M 
Aad, G 
Abbott, B 
Abbott, DC 
Abdinov, O 

Abstract

A search for Higgs boson decays into a Z boson and a light resonance in two-lepton plus jet events is performed, using a pp collision dataset with an integrated luminosity of 139 fb−1 collected at ffiffi s p ¼ 13 TeV by the ATLAS experiment at the CERN LHC. The resonance considered is a light boson with a mass below 4 GeV from a possible extended scalar sector or a charmonium state. Multivariate discriminants are used for the event selection and for evaluating the mass of the light resonance. No excess of events above the expected background is found. Observed (expected) 95% confidence-level upper limits are set on the Higgs boson production cross section times branching fraction to a Z boson and the signal resonance, with values in the range 17–340 pb (16þ6 −5 –320þ130 −90 pb) for the different light spin-0 boson mass and branching fraction hypotheses, and with values of 110 and 100 pb (100þ40 −30 and 100þ40 −30 pb) for the ηc and J=ψ hypotheses, respectively.

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ATLAS Collaboration

Journal Title

Physical Review Letters

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Journal ISSN

0031-9007
1079-7114

Volume Title

125

Publisher

American Physical Society
Sponsorship
Science and Technology Facilities Council (ST/N000234/1)