Search for the Standard Model Higgs boson decaying into bb¯ produced in association with top quarks decaying hadronically in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector. / The ATLAS Collaboration.

In: Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol. 2016, 160, 27.05.2016, p. 1-51.

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A search for Higgs boson production in association with a pair of top quarks (tt¯Htt¯H) is performed, where the Higgs boson decays to bb¯¯bb¯, and both top quarks decay hadronically. The data used correspond to an integrated luminosity of 20.3 fb−1 of pp collisions at s√=8s=8 TeV collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. The search selects events with at least six energetic jets and uses a boosted decision tree algorithm to discriminate between signal and Standard Model background. The dominant multijet background is estimated using a dedicated data-driven technique. For a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, an upper limit of 6.4 (5.4) times the Standard Model cross section is observed (expected) at 95% confidence level. The best-fit value for the signal strength is μ = 1.6 ± 2.6 times the Standard Model expectation for m H = 125 GeV. Combining all tt¯Htt¯H searches carried out by ATLAS at s√=8s=8 and 7 TeV, an observed (expected) upper limit of 3.1 (1.4) times the Standard Model expectation is obtained at 95% confidence level, with a signal strength μ = 1.7 ± 0.8.
Original languageEnglish
Article number160
Pages (from-to)1-51
Number of pages51
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Volume2016
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Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016
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