Search for the Standard Model Higgs Boson Produced in Association with Top Quarks and Decaying into bb̅ in pp Collisions at √s̅ = 8 TeV with the ATLAS Detector


A search for the Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair, tt̅H , is presented. The analysis uses 20.3 fb⁻¹ of pp collision data at √s̅ = TeV, collected with the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider during 2012. The search is designed for the H → bb̅ decay mode and uses events containing one or two electrons or muons. In order to improve the sensitivity of the search, events are categorised according to their jet and b-tagged jet multiplicities. A neural network is used to discriminate between signal and background events, the latter being dominated by tt̅ + jets production. In the single-lepton channel, variables calculated using a matrix element method are included as inputs to the neural network to improve discrimination of the irreducible tt̅ + bb̅ background. No significant excess of events above the background expectation is found and an observed (expected) limit of 3.4 (2.2) times the Standard Model cross section is obtained at 95 % confidence level. The ratio of the measured tt̅H signal cross section to the Standard Model expectation is found to be μ = 1.5 ± 11 assuming a Higgs boson mass of 125 Gev.



Partons, Particles (Nuclear physics), Proton-proton interactions, Mass (Physics), Broken symmetry (Physics), Mass (Physics), Hadrons, Colliders (Nuclear physics), Monte Carlo methods, Large Hadron Collider (France and Switzerland), Leptons (Nuclear physics)


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