Search for Dark Matter in Association with a Higgs Boson Decaying to B-Quarks in pp Collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS Detector


A search for dark matter pair production in association with a Higgs boson decaying to a pair of bottom quarks is presented, using 3.2 fb(-1) of pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV collected by the ATLAS detector at the LHC. The decay of the Higgs boson is reconstructed as a high-momentum b (b) over bar system with either a pair of small-radius jets, or a single large-radius jet with substructure. The observed data are found to be consistent with the expected backgrounds. Results are interpreted using a simplified model with a gauge boson mediating the interaction between dark matter and the Standard Model as well as a two-Higgs-doublet model containing an additional Z' boson which decays to a Standard Model Higgs boson and a new pseudoscalar Higgs boson, the latter decaying into a pair of dark matter particles.



Hadrons--Scattering, Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland), Higgs bosons, Jets (Nuclear physics), Dark matter (Astronomy)


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