28 July 2020 to 6 August 2020
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Europe/Prague timezone

Search for lepton flavour violating decays of the Higgs boson with Run II data

29 Jul 2020, 13:45
3m
virtual conference

virtual conference

Poster 01. Higgs Physics Higgs Physics - Posters

Speakers

Lourdes Urda (CIEMAT (Madrid)) Prasanna Kumar Siddireddy (University of Notre Dame (US))

Description

A search for lepton flavour violating (LFV) decays of the Higgs boson to a muon and a tau, denoted as $\mu\tau$ and an electron and a tau, denoted as $e\tau$ will be presented. A dataset of $137 fb^{-1}$ of proton-proton collisions collected by the CMS detector in Run II, at a center-of-mass energy of $\sqrt{s}=13TeV$ is being used to perform the search. The dominant background contributions for this search are coming from the Drell-Yan process, misidentified leptons, and the top-quark pair-production process. We are using data-driven techniques to estimate the majority of the background. In our previous search using 2016 data, we set the observed (expected) upper limits on the LFV branching fractions of the Higgs boson to be $B(H \to \mu \tau) < 0.25 \% (0.25\%)$ and $B(H \to e \tau) < 0.61\% (0.37\%)$, at $95\%$ confidence level. With the current search, we anticipate setting the most stringent limits to date on these branching fractions using the full Run II data.

Primary author

Lourdes Urda (CIEMAT (Madrid))

Co-authors

Varun Sharma (University of Wisconsin Madison (US)) Ka Wa Ho (University of Notre Dame (US)) Maria Cepeda (CIEMAT) Prasanna Kumar Siddireddy (University of Notre Dame (US))

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